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post #1 of 5 Old 07-05-2007, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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help me please... i'm in a crisis.

My tank is almost cycled. I'm almost there! However, my starter fish (tetras) have ick. My options as I see them are:

1. Treat the ick with appropriate medication, which I'm told will hurt my cycle and possibly kill my tetras anyway.

2. Chalk up the tetras as a loss, take them out so the parasite has no host and dies off, and let the tank finish cycling. If I do this, will the ick completely die off or will some go into stasis in my filter? My heater for some reason will only get up to 78 degrees... what if I do a 50 percent water change with 100 degree water from my bathtub? (obviously humanely dispose of the fish beforehand). I really don't want to lose the progress I've made in cycling the tank. That would be awful.

Any help would be appreciated.

My amonia is at 1 ppm, my nitrite is at .5 ppm, and I have a small nitrate reading. 29 gallon tank, 3 x-ray (pristella) tetras remaining.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-05-2007, 10:38 PM
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Increase the temperature to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, increase oxygen level with the use of airpumps and use salt as a treatment for ich. Make sure your tetras can tolerate the high temperature.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-06-2007, 12:44 PM
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I agree with Lupin. No need to kill them/deliberately let them die when you could try salt which would not tamper with the cycle.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-06-2007, 05:01 PM
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Do a water change, man. ASAP.

also I'm sure you've been told but Tetras aren't good cycling fish.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-06-2007, 10:00 PM
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Good advice so far.

Another way to fight the Ich in addition to water changes, salt, increasing temperature is the pick up a UV Sterilizer; this will kill the airborne parasites.
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