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post #11 of 23 Old 07-24-2010, 11:58 PM
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Stay the course for a few more days, at least three days minimum. We want to be sure the ich is eradicated. I'm really glad you were able to find the proper medication.

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post #12 of 23 Old 07-25-2010, 09:10 AM
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Agreed. If you read up on the life cycle of Ich, Ich can only be killed in the free-swimming stages. The white cysts fall off the fish and land in the gravel. Then the Ich hatches out of the sacs and tries to find another host. This is why it is extremely importnat to treat for an additional 3 days; to kill it in its free-swimming stage before it can find another host (fish) to attach itself to. Sounds like you're on the right track, just to sure to continue treatment for those additional 3 days at half strength, as Kymmie has pointed out to you. Good luck!
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post #13 of 23 Old 07-26-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Oh no guys my betta didn't make it. =[ One of the mollies doesn't look like it can swim any longer.
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post #14 of 23 Old 07-27-2010, 06:59 AM
may he RIP

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post #15 of 23 Old 07-27-2010, 11:48 AM
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An update on my methods, since Kymmie mentioned my name.

I recently had reason to use CopperSafe for something (not ich), and I have noticed that the sensitive fish have not in the least responded to this, which is an improvement even over Aquari-Sol. CopperSafe does (it says) treat ich and similar parasitic issues. I have heavily planted tanks, and I have not noticed problems with the plants, at least not yet. The other nice thing about CopperSafe is that one application lasts for a month (has to be replaced at water changes of course). Thought I'd pass this on.

The best remedy for ich would be heat alone. But, the fish have to be able to tolerate near-90F for a week. But if they can--and betta, rams, mollies, platys and possibly pleco could, but likely not the corys--this is by far the safest as no chemical of any sort is entering the tank.

Salt is not safe for many fish, and it will certainly kill plants if it is used at the levels usually recommended for treating ich. So I personally would never resort to salt.

Hope this adds a bit of info.

Byron.

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Oh! That's interesting. Well thank you Byron =]
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post #17 of 23 Old 07-29-2010, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well. My molly and cory have went to fishy heaven. =\

My pleco is the only one that seems to have ich now. Hopefully it'll go away soon.
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post #18 of 23 Old 07-30-2010, 05:19 PM
well best of luck with him.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-03-2010, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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well now pleco is in fishy heaven.

The bottle says to use 5 mL for every 10 gallons. Since I have an 18g aquarium, and I'm using it at half dosage so that means 5 mL, right? I'm doing everything right? I don't want more fish to die.
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post #20 of 23 Old 08-03-2010, 11:26 PM
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Is this still the ich? It should be over by now, a week later. What medication are you using, how often, and how much each time?

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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