03-04-2014, 02:19 PM
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Copper Sulfate for ich
Greetings, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Tropical Fish Keeping Forum.
I am treating ich in my wife's 16 gallon bow-front. The tank contains two baby angelfish and a small blue ram- was once heavily planted, but i removed all the plants when i began a heat and salt treatment on Monday 2/24.
Everything was going well and spots were nearly gone less than 5 days later. Well, my wife, thinking it would help, bought Coppersafe( Mardel) anti-parasite medicine and dosed the tank. The fish seem to be fine and water parameters are holding steady. That was 3/1/2014
My concern is that i have read some articles on the web that are very critical of the use of copper. I am against using harsh or long-lasting chemicals in my thanks and copper sulfate seems to fall into that category. So i would be interested in anything anyone might know or experiences anyone may have had with using copper sulfate to treat ich. Its already in the tank, so also any advice on how to remove it from the water and gravel if you know how.
Will Prime neutralize copper sulfate?
Can i use natural meds like melafix with copper sulfate?
How does it affect plants, and can i ever replant the tank or do i need new gravel?
Is it a good medicine that you recommend?
What are some better alternatives?
What would be your next step if this were your tank?
Ive read the sticky's about meds and diseases, very good stuff, but if anyone has personal experience I would really like to hear how it went and if i should be worried long term about the tank. I'm especially concerned about how leftover copper sulfate will affect plants.
Last edited by rsskylight04; 03-04-2014 at 02:26 PM..