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La Reina 03-04-2010 05:30 PM

Sick Community Fish (Must treat whole tank) Fast answer required!
Last night two of my platies presented with "panting" and a white dot on their noses. I immeadiately quarantined them and started treatment with both salt and IckClear.

Today my other two platies presented with the smae symptoms, and they have been QT'd too.

I know I'm going to have to treat my whole 25 gallon now, because I can't jut keep moving fish and I also can't treat my dwarf Gourami or danios with salt.

I've also got a mystery snail and some pond snails in my tank whick I'll have to move during treatment.

What do you reccomend I treat my 25 gallon with? My snails will need to move back home eventually too.

*I don't know if this is ich yet or not. It would have been brought in on two otos which were eaten by my other fish. (may have even died of ich and me not known.)

I need a fast answer because I'm leaving the house in an hour and will be out to pick up meds then.

Help please!

Pasfur 03-04-2010 05:42 PM

This question is not answerable yet. Relax. Right now you just have a white dot on the nose of a few Platy's, right? Are the other fish showing symptoms? Are there any other symptoms, such as heavy breathing or scratching behavior?

The absolute worst thing you can do is to medicate with the wrong thing. Patience is a virtue in these situations. I would hold off on medicating the display until you see other fish showing signs, or until you have better confirmation on the Platy's that you are in fact fighting ich.

Can you post pictures?

La Reina 03-04-2010 05:55 PM

I can't post pictures, my camera doesn't like fishtanks.

The fish were scratching themselves on ornaments/plants/gravel and were trying to shake off whatever was bothering them. All affected fish have been gasping. I have treated ich once before with the platies, but never with the gourami or danios.

Pasfur 03-04-2010 05:58 PM

I would personally use Quick Cure to treat the display. Follow as instructed, full dose. The snails will need to be removed prior to treatment, as will activated carbon. All of your fish respond well to Quick Cure. You may also want to do a 50% or larger water change prior to treatment, drawing water directly from the surface of the gravel, but not siphoning the gravel bed. This will remove unhatched parasites!

La Reina 03-04-2010 06:22 PM


La Reina 03-04-2010 10:21 PM

Petland didn't have that medication, so I bought API's Super Ick Cure instead. I hope it works! My gourami was panting by the time I got home.

Pasfur 03-05-2010 06:27 AM

Super Ich Cure. Can you post the ingredients? I'm thinking that has Formalin in it.

La Reina 03-05-2010 03:17 PM

Malachite green and nitrofurazone.

Pasfur 03-05-2010 07:22 PM

Malachite Green is for the parasites. Nitrofurazone is an antibiotic, probably included as a preventative. Be sure to monitor your ammonia and nitrite levels while treating.

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