12-19-2007, 05:06 PM
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Re: Black Skirt Tetras have ich
increase the temp gradually to 82 degrees... do some research on ick before trying to cure it... it surely helped me... it takes atleast 2 weeks to completely rid of the parasite...
make sure the tank is well areated as increase in temp reduces oxygen level... especially in a small tank, you need to be extra careful. gradually add 2 tsp / gallon. this will reduce the osmotic stress on the fish...
medicine or salt does not kill the parasite on the fish skin... when the white specks are in adult stage, they fall off from the fish, multiply within and when they break out of their cysts, thats when they are very vulnerable to medication and temp...
follow the instructions on the medication and treat for atleast 2 weeks... do 50% water change everyday, this ensures you will remove the free stage (swimming) parasite... make sure the water temp matches the temp in the tank...
Originally Posted by Jasey
I'm pretty sure that my two long-fin black skirt tetras have ich. I noticed a few white specks on their fins yesterday, and a couple on their bodies. I added aquarium salt (1/4 tsp.) and QuickCure (1 drop) to the tank (2.5 gallons). I took out the carbon filtration as directed. QuickCure says it cures ich in 48 hours.
Today I noticed there are more white specks on the fins. I added another dose of QuickCure and raised the temperature to about 80 degrees F.
What I am not sure of is if the tetras can tolerate a temperature of 84 degrees F? I'm afraid of raising it higher than 80 if they cannot tolerate it.