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post #11 of 14 Old 10-18-2007, 07:47 PM
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Last week I used Ich guard II for sensitive fish, but I only had two days dosage worth since no one locally had anymore. I then overnighted an order of Maracide after reading up on the loach forum about how it worked with loaches. I performed at least two 25% water changes before switching meds to Maracide and then the rainbows starting developing body fungus, and maracyn was listed as safe to use with maracide.
Did these rainbows have wounds before? Fungus does not develop until the wounds become quite open and left untreated. Perhaps their slime coat was damaged making them vulnerable to fungus spores.
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If the rainbows are sensitive to meds then I don't know what to do at this point because I would imagine the ich would get worse if I stop medicating. I don't want my fish to die, but nothing I read is consistent on what treatment is best for ich.
What is the temperature right now? The highest temp I would do for dojos is 28 degrees Celsius with the water strongly aerated to provided sufficient oxygen for the others. There isn't a best med. Not all meds are virtually safe to all fish that's why you need to be careful. Stick to one med only and stop using any more brands. You will simply stress the fish from different meds used. I find the rainbows to be sensitive to meds especially when you change different brands which is why you should be careful when treating for them.

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There were no wounds or issues with the rainbows other than ich. Their fins are clamped and what appears to be a whitish stringy like substance on their body and fins. I started noticing this issue with the Rainbows before I started the new meds. Mardel says the maracide is safe to use with maracyn...are you staying to stop using maracyn at this point? I understand now how sensitive the rainbows are but I am not sure what to do to help them through this.

The temp is about 83 degrees F. I will readjust the heater down a degree or two. I have my filtratoin systems posted in my sig and they are both on full blast with a bubbler too.

At what point should I expect to see a lessening of ich on my fish? If this med doesn't rid the ich then what do I do without introducing another med?

Sorry for all the questions....I just want to help my fish fight through this mess.

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There were no wounds or issues with the rainbows other than ich. Their fins are clamped and what appears to be a whitish stringy like substance on their body and fins. I started noticing this issue with the Rainbows before I started the new meds. Mardel says the maracide is safe to use with maracyn...are you staying to stop using maracyn at this point? I understand now how sensitive the rainbows are but I am not sure what to do to help them through this.
Shannara, it appears you may be Nerina in the other forum talking to Cybermeez? ..because I've noticed if it isn't strange coincidence both of you have the same situation. If she thinks the combo of Maracyn and Maracide are okay, then go for it. I was talking about the other meds you may try to use. Just a heads up warning as fish do become stressed when you use various meds of different actve ingredients.
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The temp is about 83 degrees F. I will readjust the heater down a degree or two. I have my filtratoin systems posted in my sig and they are both on full blast with a bubbler too.
If the dojos do not appear to be worse for wear, stick to the same temperature.
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At what point should I expect to see a lessening of ich on my fish? If this med doesn't rid the ich then what do I do without introducing another med?
Ich is quite vulnerable to meds and salt when in free-swimming stage. Warm temperature can cause them to speed up their lifecycle. If the ich eventually breaks out of the cysts in search for their hosts, this is the time meds will cause troubles for them. Expect a lot of ich in the middle of the treatment course but they should lessen in number soon after.

Keep your hopes up. I wouldn't think of another med just yet if I were you.

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Sorry for all the questions....I just want to help my fish fight through this mess.
Don't worry about it. I, too, want them to recover well.

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Yes, I had posted there as well after researching their old forum files and finding all the info about Maracide. Evidently the formula I found is the one they were recommending, but was replaced at one point with the new formula which many commented wasn't as effective. The other poster did recommend something called Para Guard that I will keep in mind for the future should this issue ever happen again.

I won't add any new meds at this time and will post my results after the last day of treatment. I feel so bad for the rainbows...I've had them almost a year and they were doing so well.

Thanks for the encouragement...this week has been stressful and I just want something to go right.

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