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I think I have ICH in my tank :blueworry:

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I think I have ICH in my tank :blueworry:
Old 10-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
 
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I think I have ICH in my tank :blueworry:

1. Size of tank?

30g

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?


No test quit at this time.

3. Temperature?

84F

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?

Freshwater

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?

At least 1 month

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

1 Irresident Shark -- 4in
1 Brown Knife -- 5.5in
1 Black Fin Shark -- 2in
3 Emerald Cory -- 1.5in
1 Opaline Gourami -- 2.5in
1 Chinese Algae Eater -- 4in
1 Senegal Bichir -- 2.5in
1 Rainbow Shark -- 4in
4 Ghost Shrimp -- 1in
3 Mystery Snails -- 2in, 1in, 1in

All but the Brown knife, Black fin shark, Emerald corys, Gourami, and the bichir haven been with me since April, back then they were in a 10g tank. I got the other fish a couple of weeks ago.

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

No

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?


A couple of live plants, no fakes / Flourite gravel. / Couple of rocks, 1 driftwood / 2 caves and 2 hollow ceramic logs.

9. a. Filtration?
b. Heater?


Tetra 30g filter system and a underwater heater

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?


8 hours of light during the day (Aqueon Floramax) and no sunlight.

11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
d. Water conditioner used?
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?


So far no water change since tank water is crystal clear. Will use tap water and use top fin water conditioner.

12. Foods?
How often are they fed?


Tetra color flakes, frozen blood worms and frozen brine shrimp. They are fed in the morning and at night.

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?


Fish have been acting normal except the brown knife when out of its log (which is pretty common now even when the light is on) it stays standing up on the gravel motionless as if resting.

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?


No. I noticed the Ich after I started my bubble bad for the first time last night. I'm still not sure if its Ich but I just wanna make sure.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
 
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Need some more info on maintenance and water perimeters. Do the affected fish look like they have little grains of salt on them, like little white specks?
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
 
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So far I haven't done any water changes. I use the Nutrafin Cycle for the beneficial bacteria when I change the filter cartage and I use the Aqueon Plant food 2 times weekly. I don't have a test quit do see the levels in the water at the moment. The only fish with the white specs are my Black fin shark which has the most, the irresident shark has a couple and the brown knife looks like he has some but they are extremely small. All the other fish are ok. I just noticed this today, last night they didn't have anything, so I don't know if the bubble wands that I added to the tank yesterday had anything to do with it.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
 
Wait.. Am I understanding you right? You've had most of those fish since april and have never done a water change? or do you mean you haven't done one since you noticed the ick?

Either way.. your tank is a death trap. You have way too many fish in there, and far too many ones that will get to large. Ick is going to be the least of your worries very shortly.

Before we can say if it is even ick we need more information as dormfish requested. Are you able to post pictures?

You need to get testers for your water. API master test kit is a good set.

Did you just recently turn the temperature of your tank up or do you always have it at 84?
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:40 PM   #5
 
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I haven't done one since I noticed the ick which was today. I'm planning to get a bigger tank in a couple of months or in April (100g or above). I can try to take some pictures in a little while since my camera needs to charge and my phone won't be good. The temperature is usually 78 - 80 but I turned it up to 84. I will try to get some test kits tomorrow since the pet stores are closed now around here.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:21 PM   #6
 
I'm glad you plan on getting a bigger tank.. but several if not most/all of your fish will be dead in a couple months. If any of your fish are recent purchases I would recommend you return them.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #7
 
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Here are some pics of the fish I think have the ick. The thing is, everything showed up today after I installed the bubble wand last night so I'm not sure if its actually ick. Here are some pics.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:35 PM   #8
 
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I'm working on getting the 100g right now actually, I just need to confirm with the guy thats selling it to me. So is there anything I could give the fish for right now? Would the Jungle Ick guard medicine work?
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:44 PM   #9
 
Hmm.. still not positive it is ick. I'm not seeing anything on the first 3 pictures. The last one is a possibility. Several of your fish are sensitive as well. Using the medicine can be more damaging then the ick itself.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:52 PM   #10
 
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Hmm.. still not positive it is ick. I'm not seeing anything on the first 3 pictures. The last one is a possibility. Several of your fish are sensitive as well. Using the medicine can be more damaging then the ick itself.
Then should I wait and see if any of the other fish get anything? The Irresident shark has a couple of dots on the top where the dorsal fin is and thats it. The brown knife doesn't really look like it has anything. The black fin looks like it might but when I brushed it with my finger they came off on one side. They appeared today after I installed the bubble wand last night. Could that have done something?
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