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Help with Ich!
I had a couple goldfish that I was given as a gift, but I decided there would be no way to take care of them as they got older. I gave them back to a fish store and instead bought a Candy Striped Pleco and a Kuhli Loach (They talked me into the Kuhli Loach, of which apparently there are supposed to be 3 or more in a tank, which I will rectify as soon as my ich is taken care of). Well, I set up the fish in the tank, not thinking to quarantine them since they would be the only fish in the tank, and ended up having to leave on a trip shortly after. I had someone feed them, but when I got back, my Pleco was very infected with ich :-(, and by very, I mean probably salt-sized white bubbles covering his body. Turns out the store I bought him at started treating that tank for ich just a day or so before I got back from my trip.
Anyway, they sold me some ich medicine (which I think is terrible, they SOLD me the fish with ich, they should not force me to have to BUY the medicine for it... at least in my opinion) of which I immediately began to raise the temperature to 80 degrees (it was at 78 before, so it didn't take long), replaced half the water, and put in the ich treatment. Its been 3 days, and I've replaced water and given medicine, Rid-Ich at half dose because of my loach, each day, but my Pleco does not look any better, and my Loach looks like it may even be getting the slightest signs of ich as well! The only thing different is that the Pleco spent almost all the time hiding in between a leaf and a piece of driftwood, but today it is relatively active. I've seen him actually moving and even climbing up the walls. He's still breathing really fast though, so I'm really worried if he will survive... Any suggestions?
I had lost 4 fish due to that stupid medicine. they sold me bad fish and made me buy the meds... ugh i was so mad.. so i know how u feel. The second day in, 2 fish died, the fourth day in 2 more fish died... I read that if you clean out the tank fully and wash everything to perfect condition and treat the fish in another tank or container, for a few days and make sure you keep an eye on them , After you move the fish and clean out the tank and get it perfect again, get the tank up and going. and when their treatment is done put the fish back in the tank, everything should work out. well it did for me, I know its alot of work but trust me it makes a big difference!!! TWO WEEKS of stress and heartbreak!! But it worked!!! I also had gotten maracyn for fin rot in case somthing happnd after the trreatment.
good luck and if you have anymore questions im sure i could help, if not theres tons of people with great advice!!!
I am not as concerned with the medicine killing my fish as I am the medicine not working... My Kuhli Loach, who originally had no ich, now has a few spots of it, and my Pleco is looking no better on the exterior. The only good change is that the Pleco is a lot more active, but I am curious if the medicine just takes a while to visibly cure the ich or if it is just simply not working for my fish at the current moment... This is the fourth day, and I feel like the ich is visibly looking worse, not better. I can put the fish in a quarantine tank and clean the normal tank, but that doesn't get the ich off my fish if the treatment isn't working. Help please?
it will take 6-14 days for it to cure, the pleco is more active cause he is stressed and itchy.. so he will be out and about more often. it took mine the full 2 weeks to heal. hopefully the khuli loach will be ok since its a smaller fish and they dont take well.. BUT! transfer them to a different tank and continue the meds on them in there. meanwhile clean outt the the other tank VERY Very well. wash the rocks and plants and so forth and the filter etc. It will go away. I promise!!
oh ya while in treatment after the cleaning get the tank running so it can cycle again! :)
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