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post #1 of 6 Old 07-27-2013, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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got ich AGAIN

after introducing a new pleco. My tank has been setup like 5 months now? I have gotten ich 2 other times before this and I had JUST done a 90% water change to get all that medicine and gunk out(it was a messy process learning how to treat ich that involved multiple medicines and lots of salt). This is my first tank and it is a 10 gallon.

Here is where I need help now. I have in there 2 platties, a pleco, an african dwarf frog and a few ghost shrimp and lots of big beautiful plants. The shrimp are a new addition and I know you arent supposed to treat the water with the shrimp in there so what do I do? Can I just move the platty and pleco to a 5 gallon bucket and treat the bucket for 5-10 days? Are dwarf frogs and shrimp immune to ick? The medicine I have is Maracide(malachite green) but I don't like chemical treatments all the much anyway, so maybe I should give my tank a fever 91degrees? That would involve having to get a 2nd water heater though as my current one only goes up to 86.
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after introducing a new pleco. My tank has been setup like 5 months now? I have gotten ich 2 other times before this and I had JUST done a 90% water change to get all that medicine and gunk out(it was a messy process learning how to treat ich that involved multiple medicines and lots of salt). This is my first tank and it is a 10 gallon.

Here is where I need help now. I have in there 2 platties, a pleco, an african dwarf frog and a few ghost shrimp and lots of big beautiful plants. The shrimp are a new addition and I know you arent supposed to treat the water with the shrimp in there so what do I do? Can I just move the platty and pleco to a 5 gallon bucket and treat the bucket for 5-10 days? Are dwarf frogs and shrimp immune to ick? The medicine I have is Maracide(malachite green) but I don't like chemical treatments all the much anyway, so maybe I should give my tank a fever 91degrees? That would involve having to get a 2nd water heater though as my current one only goes up to 86.
You should not medicate. I never medicate anything unless all else fails. The frogs as you know..and the shrimp can't take the meds and the frogs can't take the salt. Whats your current temp? 86 got ich off my loach in one of my community tanks. I just let it sit at 86-87 for 1.5 weeks and all was good. Make sure you're keeping your water clean and nothing else that may be causing stress to your fish. If 86 doesn't do it maybe bump it up to 88.
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Ah the old ick problem .I might get bash for this but this work for me .

Water change 50 percent every other day within 2 days without DeChlorinating the water and stir up the sand and gravel too.the ick will die from the chlorineing with in a day .

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Ah the old ick problem .I might get bash for this but this work for me .

Water change 50 percent every other day within 2 days without DeChlorinating the water and stir up the sand and gravel too.the ick will die from the chlorineing with in a day .
So you're gambling on the ich dying before the fish do...

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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So you're gambling on the ich dying before the fish do...
Hahaha. But at least there will be no ich


I'll assume somehow this includes Qting all the fish frogs and shrimp..and still heating the effected ones in QT? I still would go with heat the tank and keep the water clean. Does one really do that ... treat ich with straight tap water and fish survive???
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So you're gambling on the ich dying before the fish do...

Actually i took that gamble years ago and it work twice for me as a last resort .The fishes all survived for another 9 years after that too . jack Dempsey oscar and a snake head
the only bad thing that came out of that was ,that i had to recycle the tank all over ,but the ich was DEAD after those major water changes

Now after that happen i do my 50 percent water changes a week.i split it up

mondays - first water change 40 percent - dechlorinate the water

fridays -10 percent without dechlorinating the water

I never had a parasite problem or a fish problem or die after i did this routine and tank never lost it bacteria beneficial . maybe im lucky or the water in my town is awesome?

1 - 10 gallon - cray fish
1 - 90 gallon tank- 32 tiger barbs ,1 pleco ,2 snails.1 amazon sword , 1 red lotus , bushes of water sprite , 12 stems of rotala indica ,java fern ,patches of hair grass ,1 fake plant
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