07-27-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarutan
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.