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post #1 of 3 Old 07-21-2012, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Fish Have Ich in Planted Tank

This couldn't come at a worse time because I have to go to San Francisco in about 3 hours and I won't be back until this evening, plus I have other water changes to do. Ugh. So, several of my rummynose tetras have ich. The tank is heavily planted so it's really hard to catch fish to remove them, plus I'm worried about the other fish in there. I have 5 kuhli loaches and 3 cory cats that, being nocturnal, I rarely see, and I know that "scaleless" fish like loaches are susceptible to ich. I can't find any of the kuhlis right now to see if they are affected or not. Check that: one just went by. It doesn't look like it has ich but it was hard to tell.

What are my options? Can I treat in the tank itself with Kordon Rid Ich + or do I need to scoop everyone out?

Tank inhabitants:
10 rummynoses
5 kuhli loaches
3 cory cats
3 dwarf honey gouramis
1 male guppy (loner from a spawn)
1 male endler's guppy (accidental freebie from a petstore)
1 nerite

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-21-2012, 05:06 PM
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This couldn't come at a worse time because I have to go to San Francisco in about 3 hours and I won't be back until this evening, plus I have other water changes to do. Ugh. So, several of my rummynose tetras have ich. The tank is heavily planted so it's really hard to catch fish to remove them, plus I'm worried about the other fish in there. I have 5 kuhli loaches and 3 cory cats that, being nocturnal, I rarely see, and I know that "scaleless" fish like loaches are susceptible to ich. I can't find any of the kuhlis right now to see if they are affected or not. Check that: one just went by. It doesn't look like it has ich but it was hard to tell.

What are my options? Can I treat in the tank itself with Kordon Rid Ich + or do I need to scoop everyone out?

Tank inhabitants:
10 rummynoses
5 kuhli loaches
3 cory cats
3 dwarf honey gouramis
1 male guppy (loner from a spawn)
1 male endler's guppy (accidental freebie from a petstore)
1 nerite

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I have had a similar problem and am half way through a 2 week heat only treatment. I have raised the temp up to 86 and leave it there for 2 weeks. Seems to be working, the fish I noticed with the white spot has lost the spot, but I will continue with the treatment to make sure the life cycle of the ICH has run its course. The fish do not seem bothered by the temp rise at all.

This method was advised to me by another member, plus Byron also advised a similar move but to add copper safe also, but I didn't want to go down the medicine route. I didn't have a major outbreak so, thought I would try the heat on its own. Seems to be working.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-22-2012, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much, rhymon! I think I will definitely try this route before I do anything drastic like try to get the fish out. A few of the tetras only have one or two spots but there are at least two tetras who have several on their backs and dorsals. The guppies and honey gouramis are okay, still don't know about the elusive cories and kuhlis. Not sure what triggered this outbreak except maybe they're mad that I didn't feed them last night and it stressed them out.
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