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post #11 of 13 Old 02-28-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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How long lasting should those white spots be? Those are actually the little holes that the ich is burrowing right? I checked the cory today and he shows no signs of those white spots. They wouldn't disappear overnight would if it was ich would they?
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-28-2011, 09:15 PM
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Here's an article that explains the Ich life cycle:
(yes, they do fall off but that's not the end of it)

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post #13 of 13 Old 03-13-2011, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I posted this in my journal of the tank, but thought I'd repost it here as it's relevant to this particular thread as well, and I'd like some input.

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Quick update, I've finished my heat treatment for the ich. I had the temperature running at 89 F for 10 days. I understand this is very high for cory cats, but I monitored them closely (just about hourly) for the first few days and they really didn't show any signs of stress. Yesterday was the last day of the treatment so I lowered the temp (slowly) back down to the normal 78 F(ish).

I added in the anubias (will have pictures up eventually), and moved some rocks around a little. Shortly after the remodeling I noticed one of the cory cats was covered in white specs. He had showed little of no signs of this until I noticed it after moving things around so I'm assuming it's just sand. He was covered when I first noticed, but now he just has a few specks. This is almost exactly what happened with the other cory cat, leading me to believe it might have all been a scare over some sand.

Is it possible the little guy could go from no signs to covered in a matter of hours after having spent 10 days at 89 F? I've read about some strains of ich that can still reproduce in 86 F+ temps but he wouldn't have just started showing signs all of a sudden right? Anybody else have white sand with the darker cory cats, is it common for it to tag along on them for a while?
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