Best way to treat whitespot?
Hi, i've acquired a pleco 2 days ago and today i think he's got white spot. Also in my tank are clown loaches, zebra loaches, kuhli loach, an upside down cat, gold and lace gouramis and a red tail shark. Ive heard all sorts of different things about treatments, some people have said to turn the heat up for a few days, others say to add salt to the tank. I usually use either tetra medica contraspot or king british white spot control. Should i treat with medication as usual or will this be damaging to my other fish? Any thoughtd or advice would be welcome. Thanks guys.
I have not used either of the meds you described. It is usually recommended to use meds at half strength if you are treating sensitive fish, such as your loaches.
I personally use the heat/salt treatment.
I add one tablespoon salt for each 5 gal water. Usually adding the salt over a few days time to give the fish a chance to adapt.
I slowly increase heat. No more than one degree a day. 1/2 degree every 12 hrs works well. When you get to 82deg, the water becomes to warm for the ick to remain on the fish. Bumping it all the way up to 86 deg kills the free swimming ick. Leave the temp at 86 for one week after all visable signs of ick are gone.
Water changes through out the heat treatment are fine and will help remove the ick. Just be sure to match new water tempt with the tank water. Also, replace what salt was removed durring the water change while treating for ick.
Heat depreciates oxygen levels, so increase available air.
Thanks, sorry to sound dense but are we taking about standard table salt?
Table salt if fine to use.
Thanks very much, i'll get on it right away.
do you run the filters like usual or do you take the carbon out?
If you are treating with meds, most directions say to remove the carbon.
If your using the heat / salt treatment, leaving the carbon in is fine as long as you are not using the ammonia removing carbon such as Ammo-Carb. Salt can cause this kind of carbon to release ammonia back into the tank.
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