What temp.do you set your tank at.
My fish have white spots on them and the vet said to make sure the temp. is at 28-30 C' and I was wondering if thats correct. I thought it seems a little high.Thanks in advance. Amy
No, it's not that high.:) The temp will be on temporary basis for 2 weeks. 2 weeks is the minimum for treatment of ich.:)
So I should always keep it that temp. or change after the treatment?? Until the got sick we never had a heater. Thanks
You can lower it after the treatment is done.:) 24-26 is preferable.:)
Re: tank temp.
I keep my main tank at just about 30 C or 86 F all the time. The smaller tanks are generally just under 80F or 26 C. Depends on what fish I'm keeping and what I'm doing with a particular tank
my tanks 79
Make sure your tank has a good supply of oxygen as at higher temps water holds less oxygen.The higher temp is just to speed up the life-cycle of the ick.It can only be treated in its tomont and thermonts stage (free floating) when its seeking out a host to attach itself to.Some reports suggest that most strains of ick cannot reproduce in temps at 85f or above.Not that i am recomending you raise your temp that high but some have done this with success.Temp adjustments should be very gradual (1 or 2 degrees per hour) and not all of a sudden as it will cause more stress to the fish with a sudden temp change.Making it possible for secondary infections.Its not recomended to use the raised temp plus medication because most meds reduce the oxygen as does the raised temp.Eather way you treat make sure there is good surface agitation to help oxygenate the water...
This is only what i have read with lots of research online..
make sure the temps arent too gradual or the ich will become immune to the tanks temp, same goes with salt treatments and meds, dont undertreat as if it is too little at a time the ich will become immune, imagine an ich that is immune to salt and meds......
if you use medications to treat remember that if you have a 20 gal tank its not holding 20g of water depending on how deep your gravel is and the decor of the tank.I found a site that calculates the volume of tanks and to my surprise our 20g tank only has 16.9 g of water.Depending on what type of fish you have you could use aquarium salt as a treatment with a slight temp increase.Heres the link to the volume calculator.You don't measure the tank from the outside you measure the actual water edges. (example would be measure the glass from the outside and subtract the thickness of the glass X2 for the width and the length as for the height measure from the surface of your gravel to the top of the water line)
Sorry its kinda long..
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