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Ferret 02-26-2011 04:37 PM

Is this Ich?

Close up show of my peppered corydora, I'm curious if this is ich? I think it's just sand, as the sand in the tank is very close to white. I was adding a new plant and stirring things up a little so I'm betting he just swam through a cloud of sand and got some on him. I'd rather play it safe and have the experts put eyes on it though.

jeaninel 02-26-2011 05:51 PM

That looks like ich. I know sometimes sand settles on them and can look like this . But it will usually fall off as they move around. Does he still look like this? Has he been doing any flashing (flicking or itching against the sand or other objects)?

Ferret 02-26-2011 05:57 PM

He still has a little on him, but noticeably less than earlier, and considerably less than when I first noticed it. I'm betting it's just sand as I'm assuming ich would pretty much be constant right?

Ferret 02-26-2011 09:16 PM

The whole thing kinda has me nervous. He still has these spots on him... I've looked the other cory cats in the tank over and none seem to show signs of these specks. Upon close inspection they seem to look like little specks on the fish, they also appear to kind of shine in the light as he moves. This leads me to think it's sand, but it's been several hours since I first noticed this and he still has a few specs on him. He's the smallest of the cory cats so, from what I've been reading, he would be the most susceptible to ich. I've been watching him closely an he doesn't appear to be behaving odd (rubbing up against things all the time). I'll keep a close eye on him.

aunt kymmie 02-26-2011 10:30 PM

It certainly looks like Ich to me. :-(

Blabomb 02-26-2011 10:59 PM

I've never seen ich first hand but from what I have read about it I would say it is ich.

Lupin 02-27-2011 12:39 AM

Yep. Time to do heat and salt treatment. 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a teaspoon per gallon dose of salt. Dissolve salt before adding. Keep water well aerated.

Ferret 02-27-2011 02:42 PM

Raised the tip to 80F, I'll raise it up to 82 when I get home from work, then maybe 84 before bed. I added a little bit of salt (about one tablespoon) to the tank, and will add more every few hours. I also added a pump and air stone to help aerate. Here's an updated shot:

I did notice that he kicks sand up as he's sifting around the sand looking for bits of food, and some of it does get on him. So I'm still hoping it's just sand but would rather be safe than sorry.

Lupin 02-27-2011 05:24 PM

Definitely ich. Add a teaspoon per gallon dosage.

Ferret 02-28-2011 02:39 PM

Got the salt added and temp is at 85F. Everybody in the tank seems to be doing fine, I'm checking on things every hour or so.

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