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post #21 of 30 Old 06-26-2010, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, 80-120 nitrate
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thanks for your help, I'll do the water change and add the medication in the morning it's 3.36am, every one is asleep. I'll let you guys know how I get on.
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post #22 of 30 Old 06-27-2010, 12:17 AM
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Wow, with nitrates that high, I am inclined to think that the stress from such high nitrates is what brought on the Ich in the first place. You need to get those numbers down below 40ppm. What is your full stock list and how much and how often do you feed?

+1 on what Kymmie said. First remove 50% water, add fresh (dechlorinated) water, and start meds. The trace amount of salt that might be left will be minimul with a 50% water change.
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post #23 of 30 Old 06-27-2010, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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100L I had:

5 corys
1 bristlenose
1 raphael catfish - temporary he is going
5 neons
6 black neon tetras - 1 left
6 black skirt tetras
4 cherry barbs - 2 left - temporary
1 baby clown loach - gone
and 2 shrimps

I feed them 2 times a day, 10am and then at 10-12pm - 2 granules and a medium pinch of tropical flakes.

I used to do 20-30% water change every Wednesday and Sunday

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post #24 of 30 Old 06-27-2010, 09:23 AM
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Agree, that is a huge nitrate reading and I missed that piece of information at the very start of your thread. So the cause of the ich is most likely the overcrowding of the tank (which is extreme considering the tank is roughly 26 gl) and the huge nitrate reading.
(Don't feel bad, the first time I set up a tank I did the very same thing, I stuffed it full of fish and three days later every single fish was covered fin to fin in ich!)
Your best bet is to do the huge water change, treat with meds and look at rehoming your fish (after they are ich free) and restocking the tank appropriately or upgrading to a larger tank.
Keep us posted with your progress.

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post #25 of 30 Old 06-27-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Around 70-75% of fresh water has been added along with 1/2 dosage of medication, the water is green/blue but the fish seem to swim as usual.
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post #26 of 30 Old 06-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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The change in water color is normal. Once all Ich is gone, treat for additional 3 days. After that, you can add carbon to your filter to remove the meds, although all I've ever done is a large water change and everything was always fine.
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post #27 of 30 Old 06-28-2010, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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4-6 hrs after adding medication I found 2 cherry barbs dead, today (a day after adding medication) I black neon dead. I have to wait another 3 days until a second medication dosage.
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post #28 of 30 Old 07-19-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Allright, after x2, 1/2 of recommended manufactures amount dosage the fish began to look better.

Since adding medication, only one black neon died, the rest made it. Medication was much more effective than a salt bath. Now I realised that some of the fish could of died because of the high temperature, newer the less, a valuable lesson for beginner.

Thank you very much all for your help with my situation!
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post #29 of 30 Old 07-19-2010, 10:50 AM
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keep on keepin' on. we have all been there, we all have made mistakes... sometimes sad ones..

live, learn, and try to pass it on

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post #30 of 30 Old 07-19-2010, 11:48 AM
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Glad to hear things have gotten under control, V1ad. As twocents has stated, we've all been there!

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