09-28-2012, 08:08 PM
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The earlier treatment is started, the more chance you have of saving the fish.
Yes, absolutely add coppersafe and slowly raise the temperature in the tank to above 84F, this will help speed up the lifecycle of the ich parasite.
Intense vacuuming of the substrate and making sure the water is kept as clean as possible with daily without fail water changes is also extremely beneficial.
You should start to see improvements in 3-7 days provided treatment is started immediately. Any longer the tank is left and the more chance the fish have of dying from it.
1 tabelspoon of aquarium salt will also help a long way in ridding the tank of the ich parasite.
Once you notice the cysts falling off the fish, this is when vacuuming the substrate needs to be vigorous, clean it as best you can and perform daily 50% water changes.
Prior to starting the treatment (which I recommend you start immediately!), remove any carbon in the filter, carbon will render the medication useless otherwise and will only remove it all.
After all the fish look as if they are cleared from ich, keep the treatment going for another 5-7 days, this will make absolutely sure it is indeed eradicated from the tank.
Yes some species are more prone to ich than others.
Hope it works out.
Last edited by Tazman; 09-28-2012 at 08:10 PM..