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ThWind81 11-18-2011 09:05 PM

Temp increase speed?
Battling a minor Ich/Ick(?) outbreak in a new aquarium with a temp increase. Recommendations have been to increase slowly but I don't know what "slowly" means. How many degrees Fahrenheit in a twelve hour period is acceptable in terms of avoiding unnecessary stress on the fish? I picked up a dual stone air pump to help with high temp aeration (Petco brand which is actually pretty nice for the $.. almost too many bubbles for my 16 gallon). I also picked up some medicine just in case.

Fortunately, up to this point the aquarium has been healthy. The cycling process was a breeze. Contributing factors may have been adding about a half gallon of water from my little old 2.5 gallon tank, having live plants and adding some bio spira at about three days in. Ammonia never spiked and nitrites have never gone above... zero. Nitrates are at 5ppm. I think water is a little basic and probably hard although I haven't tested hardness. BTW, I get the bluest blue on the PH test (API liquid test) and a bright red that is brighter than anything on the reference sheet when I try the High PH test. Hard to determine what this means as far as PH Any input on that? I'll link to a YouTube video tomorrow night so you can see all my test results and the aquarium itself.

Thanks yo

zof 11-18-2011 10:31 PM

What are you raising your temp from/to? Tank temps vary through out the day usually due to the change in the ambient temps in the room and heaters that are not precise (one thing that really bugs me, youd think if you set a heater for 78 it would always try and be that temps not be less or more just because the ambient temp is higher or lower). A three degree increase in temp or less can probably be set on the heater with out any issue then I would give my fish time to adjust and get use to it for probably at least 8 hours then raise it again a max of 3 degrees, rinse and repeat. Of course this is just my theory and not actual practice.

TwilightGuy 11-18-2011 10:50 PM

I agree with zof's suggestion, a few degrees at a time with a few hours pause in between.

I read somewhere that the desired temp for treating ich is 86 degrees, which to me sounds dangerously close to poaching the fish instead of curing them, so I would pay attention to recommended species temp ranges.

ThWind81 11-19-2011 03:26 AM

Cool, thanks guys.
I took a little over 24 hours to increase the temp from 78 to the max that my heater seems to be able to provide at 84.7. Because I was unable to achieve Ich-destroying temperature, I added a 3/4 dose meds (3/4 because I read that the neons are sensitive to the meds). The high temp should increase the parasite's life cycle time and, as a result, speed the process of killing it. I removed my snail to a 2.5 gallon hospital and will keep it there for 30 days before returning it to the main tank. I will provide as close to a real-time bulletin of the death toll as possible which will hopefully remain at zero. I figure that the outcomes of all of our experiences/experiments, add up to a more accurate understanding of our hobby's dynamics.

As a relative noob, I am psyched about my aquarium. Thanks for the forum. Larger tanks are in my future
(once I move out of this apartment).

zof 11-19-2011 11:33 AM

Throw a towel around your tank and make sure the top is sealed pretty well, should help keep the heat in and let your heater get that last degree of heat, as most heaters will only have a max of about 15 degrees of what the ambient room temperature is due to heat loss.

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