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post #11 of 17 Old 04-14-2010, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe it's velvet?
The spots have a 3D quality there they're raised off of the fish.

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What are your pH and hardness levels currently?
Can you see golden specks on the flesh when you point a flashlight on that fish at all?

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PH was 6, GH was 31, kh was 1 (might have those backwards- not at home to look at my notes)

Now though, I bet the salt raised the PH and hardness so I have no idea.

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Not unless you're using marine salt. Both pH and hardness are too low for both the molly and snails. I'd suggest adding crushed corals to help increase the hardness levels and pH accordingly. Mollies are intolerant to soft, acidic water which you have.

What test kit do you use?

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tetra laborette liquid test kit.

Only complaint is it doesn't measure nitrites. only ammonia and nitrate.

Eh, who needs nitrites anyway. :p

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post #16 of 17 Old 06-24-2010, 08:12 PM
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Lupin I have few question about the salt treatment. You said,

For basic procedures, here are the steps.
1. Dose one teaspoon per gallon of salt or equivalent to 0.1%.
2. After 12 hours and assuming the fish has tolerated it very wellso far, repeat step 1.
3. After another 12 hours, repeat step 1 again.

So this means that the salt level at the end of 36hrs will be 0.3% and this should be maintained until ich is gone + 7-10 days to complete the treatment?
Or what do you mean by "a good general guideline is to continue 7-10 more days of treatment right after the ich had seemingly disappeared"
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Answered your PM. Sorry for delay of response.

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That is until you reach 0.3% salinity or three teaspoons per gallon total. Once you reach that sum after following all instructions quoted above, just wait. If you plan to do water changes in the next 24 hours, you may do so but redose salt per water volume replaced. If you changed 5 gallons of water for example, then dose back 15 teaspoons of salt again.
By 7-10 days, I meant that AFTER the last ich was spotted, continue treatment on that time frame. It's one way to ensure ich is completely eliminated.

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