ick. am i doing this right? lost 4 fish already :(
ok, so i went out of town for a week, and came back to one of my tanks with a terrible ick outbreak on some of my fish. i regularly keep the tank at 78-80 degrees. its a 30 gallon. it HAD two yoyo loaches, 8 tiger barbs and three danios. i removed the loaches to a quarantine tank, but they died before i could really do anything about it. then i moved the other two fish (tiger barbs) to the quarantine tank, and they died pretty fast.
so now i have 6 tiger barbs and three danios- they so far look fine. its been three days. i began treating the tank with malachite green (i half-dosed it for safety)- and removed the carbon from my filter. it appears everyone is fine so far...not all their usual active selves, but eating, gill rate looks fine, and i can't see any spots.
the bottle says- after three days, if still needed do a 25% water change, and begin treatment again. my question is- how long should i treat the tank? i have heard suggestions from 1 day after spots are gone-to a week later.
i read the sticky, and that helped a little. i just want to save the rest of my fish and don't want to stop treatment too early...or treat for too long.
(and i suspect the outbreak occurred when my water quality took a nose dive do to a friend who means well not feeding them properly.)
Please refer to
for an "Ich fighting protocol".
One Other Item (and this is in additition to and not in lieu of the salt/temperature protocol set forth in the referenced URL):
Although "slightly adverse" to the assertions set forth in the above referenced thread
I would immediately begin dosing with Melafix.
The first day double the recommended dosage.
Days 2, 3 and 4 induce the recommended dosage into the tank water.
Days 5, 6 and 7 induce 1/2 the recommended dosage into the tank water.
I am recommending the above because even though you perceive that the "crisis is over" IMHO it is not (been there, done that and got the tee shirt).
i never got the t-shirt... i feel jipped, although i did get a snazzy coffee mug... lol 8)
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