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SGDude 03-02-2011 08:47 AM

More ich and salt questions.
I have been treating my QT 46 with salt for 10 days and one guy still has two spots.

Is the tank being at 78 degrees not good enough?

I am vacuuming and water changing everyday
25-30% on the water change, sound about right?

I ran out of the table salt, can I use API aquarium salt to vacuum and
water change this morning or should I wait until I get more table salt?
( can you mix the table salt and aquarium salt? )

Thank you.

10, 37, & 72 are ich free!

Lupin 03-02-2011 09:17 AM

Please post pics of the same two spots. I need to look again what they could be.

And you're fine using aquarium salt.

SGDude 03-02-2011 11:59 AM


Angel 1 had 2 spots on tail and 3 on side fin. The 2 tail spots fell off.

Angel 2 had 3-4 spots on tail. No change 2 weeks.

What do you think?

Lupin 03-02-2011 05:53 PM

Weird. It does look like ich but it should have fall off after a few days of treatment. The other possibility could be scarring or simply a part of its fin features.:?

SGDude 03-02-2011 06:11 PM

Could it be that they were ich spots and fell off leaving marks?
1 teaspoon per gal enough salt? Should I move the corys/pleco?
78 degrees ok? I did miss two days of vacuum/ water change.

The only other fish with ich lost spots after the first few days.
Should I start to remove the salt in a few days and see?


Also, can clown loaches handle the salt? X teaspoons per gal.

Lupin 03-02-2011 06:14 PM

Yes, clown loaches can handle a dose of one teaspoon per gallon. If you want, treat the angels separately from loaches ancad catfishes with two teaspoons per gallon dose, a much stronger dose. And for angels, increase temp to 82 degrees. See if it will have any difference to those ich-like spots in the next five days.

kaz 03-04-2011 03:10 PM

That does look like Ich, however I used to keep Angel fish and one of mine constantly had a spot like that on it's tail for the 2 years I had it. I was keeping other fish that never came down with ich (white spot)

I did read up on treating white spot naturallly and noticed that on many sites the frequent answer was to turn the temp up of the tank to 30 degrees C as ich eggs and ich can't survive in that type of heat, obviously this has to be done gradually as the fish will get upset with a very sudden change of temperature but for a short period of time they will be ok until the ich clears up, then gradually turn the tank temp back down. (please people correct me if I'm wrong).

Do you have other fish in your tank or do you just have the angels? If you have other fish are they showing signs of ich? Also are the angels that you have taken the pics of flicking on ornaments as if they are scratching?

SGDude 03-07-2011 08:33 AM

There are 12 fish, these 2 are the only spotted ones.

I picked up a 20 gal for QT and am working on it today.
It will be 82 degrees and 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon.

Maybe when the QT is no longer needed I can try
a small live plant tank or a small goldfish tank.


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