I realized on the 9th that I had introduced ich into my 55g tank, when I added to otto's (both died w/i days) to my tank
My Black Neons and Emperor tetras showed signs on fins, cherry barbs and rainbow fish showed no outward signs but are stressed. Two remaining otto's - 1 seems fine, the other not well.
I've raised the temp to 80 and added salt (2 tsp * 45 gal - assuming gravel, tank contents will consume some space). I've also stopped turning on the lights as the fish "seem" less stressed. I'm continuing feeding as I'm assuming that fish that are eating is a positive sign.
I've reduced the water level slightly and added an air stone for increase water agitation / oxygen
Should I increase the tank temp even higher?
Water changes during the treatment phase? There seems to be varing opinons - my own thoughts that I should do minor changes, primarily to vacuum gravel in order to eliminate some of the parasites. I thought ever other day????
Many articles talk about continuing treatment at least 1 week after outward signs of ich are gone, I assume that articles are referring to either salt or chemical treatments. I haven't seen anything about when I should start reducing the temp?
Thank for any help.
have you got a smaller quarantine tank, like a 10 or 20 gallon empty tank?
My understanding from reading posts on other forums is that once ich is present, you have to treat the tank, not the individual fish. The parasites must be eliminated within the tank itself
80 is fine. 82-83 is better, but it sure is hard on the fish when combined with the ich and the hyposalinity treatment.
Water changes every 2-3 days will help as well, since the fish will be more sensitive to ammonia at the higher temp. Be sure to salt your change water accordingly.
11 days of treatment is a minimum. I go 14 just to satisfy my paranoia.
You'll hear lots of opinions and mine is only one of them. However, my experience with ich is that 2 teaspoons of NaCl per gallon @ 80 for 14 days works everytime.
Also, at the end of the treatment you don't need to do anything special to remove the salt. It will gradually and safely be removed over time with your regular water change schedule.
If you decide to go the way of other medication, the best thing for the fish you are keeping is a med called Formalin. Dose it according to directions, remove all carbon from tank/filter during medication time.
Be careful if you attempt to use any other med because some of your fish are very sensitive to some of the ick medications on the market. The formalin is one that everything you listed would tolerate safely, and it works well.
Good Luck... all good information here for you so far!
Thanks to all for your input....last night I started incresing the temp, roughly 81-82 and I do see a difference in some of the fish reaction....
Cherry barbs are hovering at the top of the tank so I think they feel a bit oxygen deprived. Tetras seem to have taken the increase a lttle better.
Anyway, I decided to bring the temp back down to 80. I really just want to alleviate any stress that I can.
All the fish are still eating so I'm still taking that as a positive sign.
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