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CowgirlFishKeeper 07-06-2010 08:19 PM

I had Ich a week back at stage 1, and my friend told me to lower salinity over a 24 hour period to 1.015 and wash the top layer of my live sand with hot water and vinegar and leave the salinity a few days, but....How long is long enough? I will be getting some non copper Ich meds in a week or so, should I raise my salinity back up the ten points in the next couple days, or leave it until I can medicate? I haven't seen any Ich since day 2 of lowering the salinity, and it's been like this 6 days now.

kitten_penang 07-09-2010 10:18 AM

i read in another post that you shouldn't use salt and medication together.

aunt kymmie 07-09-2010 10:26 AM

This is a saltwater tank, correct? If so, saltwater ich and freshwater ich are two different things. I'll leave the treatment of saltwater ich to the S/W members but I recall some of the best advice I'd seen dispense was to do nothing other than to feed garlic. I would need to go hunt down Pasfur's post regarding his protocol for garlic treatment for ich. I'm a huge fan of avoiding meds if at all possible.

aunt kymmie 07-09-2010 11:07 AM

Here's the thread I was referring to:

kitten_penang 07-09-2010 11:11 AM

ty aunt kymmie

CowgirlFishKeeper 07-09-2010 03:40 PM

I do feed them a home made food that contains garlic in it; I also haven't seen spots on them for a while. I guess it's safe to raise the salinity again?

Pasfur 07-09-2010 08:35 PM

If i'm reading this correct it has only been 9 days since you last saw ich. Is this correct? I would wait a minimum of 30 days to begin raising the salinity back, and continue feeding garlic daily for a minimum of 60 days. A full 90 days is the period of time I personally use to consider any ich treatment to have been successful. The last thing you want is a false recovery only to have lingering problems with additional fish.

CowgirlFishKeeper 07-09-2010 08:41 PM

The food I use has garlic in it, and that's a staple, that I feed along with some frozen blood worms and the rare treat of Mysis Shrimp. I will keep that up.

And I'd say it's closer to 14 days that this has been like this, maybe 20...

Pasfur 07-09-2010 08:45 PM

Just stay patient. You should use the next 45 days or so to get a quarantine tank in place.

CowgirlFishKeeper 07-09-2010 08:47 PM

I can't afford a quarantine tank unfortunately...Nor have the space.

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