Sudden ich outbreak in my 25 gallon tank
My 25 gallon is a community/breeding tank. I have swordtails and platies who produce a lot of fry.
Sometimes a fish gets ich, so I just isolate it for a few days in a small tank and put it back in. It's been over 2 months since a fish has had ich.
Last night I looked at my tank and my heart skipped a beat; 3 fry have ich, a black neon tetra has ich, and one swordtail is dead. The problem is right now I have many fry in breeding nets so I cannot risk using meds. I also don't have any quarantine tank either!
My water is fine. I had it tested a couple of days ago, and I've done a regular water change since.
What can I do? This is very sudden and I have never had to deal with a quick outbreak before.
I've had 3 cases of ich since I started this tank in March of last year; not toooo much.
I isolated the sick fish in a bucket with a heater stuck in.
But I just checked again on my tank, and every fish except for my betta has ich.
:/ I'd do a salt treatment and add medicine. I used QuICK Cure with my frys and they were perfectly fine it didn't hurt them that I know of...
Something must be stressing them. .. :/
With ich you have to treat the whole tank, not just isolate the fish that's showing symptoms. The other fish may be infected but just not yet showing signs. Once you eradicate this parasite it shouldn't come back unless you introduce new fish to the tank who are infected. I've used Quick Cure to treat with good results. I dose each day for at least 7-10 days doing a water change (approx. 30%) every 3rd day before the new dose. Be sure to continue treatment even after you no longer see the white spots on the fish. You can also use the salt/heat method instead of meds to treat but I haven't done it that way.
Read up on the life cycle of ich to get a better idea of what you're dealing with. Here's an article from this forum about it. You can also google it and find loads of info.
I know about ich, but in my opinion it isn't a big deal to treat the entire tank when I can easily isolate and then syphon the gravel. It's never before gotten as bad.
I bought some aquarium salt and I have been using that for the last week or so. It's working, but I noticed some fish seem to have had fungus too. I quickly isolated those. I lost my beautiful bala shark to mouthrot though :(
I did a lot of vacuuming on the gravel and water changes over the last while to fix this. I've removed the worst fish and put them into 1 gallon containers with aquarium salt. The 25 seems to be getting much better.
I have no clue what may have caused this. I had gotten some new fish recently, but they were healthy and from a good source. Plus, the new fish were among the last to show signs of sickness. Either way, I am learning a lot from this experience.
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