Oh, the joy of buying new fish...this is one reason why I tend not to buy new fish frequently, they almost always develop something or come with something. So, last Monday I decided to purchase TWO Black Mollies, I figured my 2+ year old Dalmation Molly was lonely, and I purchased TWO Male Guppies for my other male Guppy.
Fish appeared all fine, except just one. One of the black mollies appeared to not be swimming as fast as the others and wasn't as active either, it ate the food fine, however.
The black Molly didn't improve. I decided to put in a tablet of Tetra Parasite Guard in case this fish had Internal parasites, nothing was appearing on its skin.
I was not home Wednesday, I was out with friends.
I came home from my friend's house and I came to see that black molly has developed ICH! I have NEVER experienced the illness of Ich with any of my fish. I then added another tablet of Tetra Parasite Guard according to the directions hoping for the best. Tetra Parasite Guard has worked for me in the past smoothly. Before I went to bed, I found a bottle of QuickCure for Ich. It contains the following ingredients: Formalin and Malachite Green. I decided to put some in the tank according to the directions.
The Molly appears to still have Ich on its body, but appears to be active. I'm not sure if it is going away or not since I've never experienced Ich in my tank(s) before. I will keep adding the QuickCure to the tank according to the directions until it is away, I read online that this could take TWO weeks for it to fully go away?? Also, all the other fish appear to be normal, all swimming and being active, not ICH on any of them!
My Tank Setup:
10 Gallon Cycled
Heater: Keeps the tank at 78F, I'm not able to raise the temp to 84F which is required to remove Ich at a faster rate?
3 Male Guppies
3 Green Cory Catfish
I have aeration installed in the tank, which the fish love. :)
I have also removed the carbon in the filter since I have started the process of Tetra Parasite Guard.
Since I have Green Cory catfish, I noticed I cannot add Aquarium Salt to the tank, which irritates them and can speed up the process of removing Ich.
How long will this healing process last?? I know all of my fish are prone to this disease, which is why I am treating the WHOLE tank. I unfortunately don't have a quarantine tank.