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I have a 20 gallon long tank with cardinal tetras (15) 3 very small clown loaches and 3 very small Raphael catfish. The tank ...
I have a 20 gallon long tank with cardinal tetras (15) 3 very small clown loaches and 3 very small Raphael catfish. The tank has ICH. The loaches are suffering the most. I used AQUA-SOL by using the directions. 1 drop per gallon. Today I did a 50% water change and have no carbon in the filters. It has been 24 hours and I dosed the tank with Aqua-SOL again. I also raised the temp up to 80 degrees. What else can I do? Can these fish take the entering of salt very slowly?
Clown Loaches are a little more prone to Ich and care should be taken when the Loaches have Ich. There has been some debate about which chemicals can be used safely with Clown Loaches. Many Ich treatments contain copper, and some say it is fine for Clown Loaches, while others say it should be avoided. Clown Loaches (and all other scale-less fish) should only get about half to three-quarter strength treatment since their skin is so thin, and more than that can poison the fish. Make sure to read the labels on any treatments because some will say not to use on scale-less fish. It is always a good idea to turn out the light and cover the tank when treating because it reduces stress on the Loaches and Ich has been found to thrive in light as well as the colder waters. You can safely increase the temperature with the Clown Loaches to between 80 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit during treatment even if the Ich treatment says it isn't necessary.
The temp I see the most for treating ich is 86 F. I have seen my Skunk botias in this type of heat and they did not suffer. Salt is supposed to work also but make sure to research your fish and make sure they aren't sesceptible to salt. Also make sure to add the salt directly in the tank.