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Old 05-01-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
 
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I just got through treating my tank with Quick cure. I raised the water temp for over 2 weeks. I had 1 female Tiger/endler that had it. I had 2 Oto in the tank after about 1 week I lost one of the Oto. A few days later I lost the other Oto. They did not even have Ich on their body. I think the Quick Cure killed them or maybe it was the water temp. killed them. My Tiger endler is better now but in the process I lost 2 Oto's. I hope that all goes well with the treatment for Ich for you in your remaining fish.

I have learned to have a Hospital tank set up now. It is a 2 1/2 gal. heated tank. This way next time I notice something wrong with one fish I do not have to subject all the fish in main tank to the medication and the Hospital tank is small so I do not use so much medication. It's easy to do water changes in a smaller tank also. It's also good to keep any new fish you get for 2 weeks so that you can treat anything that might infect them so the others in your main tank do not get any illness from the new fish.

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:55 PM   #12
 
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I agree its a good idea to QT new fish, but if one fish has ick in the tank, its best to treat the whole tank.
Fish can be ick carrier and may even have ick that is not visible to our eyes.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:14 PM   #13
 
Yeah...I don't really have the luxary of being able to have a QT tank due to not having enough room. But...been treating the tank with quick cure for 4 days now and lost two of 4 four cherry barbs. It doesn't look like its gotten any better on the last two either. So I don't have my hopes up. Idk what i'll do if I end up having an empty tank by the end of this week.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:37 AM   #14
 
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Did you turn the heat up?
Have you tested the water for ammonia and nitrites ?
If you have plenty of air in the tank, or if you can add extra air stones, If the tank is set at 82 deg., try bumping it up to 83 deg.
Ick can not stay on fish long at these high tempt., the ick will still be in the tank, so the meds will still be needed, but getting them off the fish will help the fish survive and the ick meds do not work if the ick is on the fish.
Meds and high tempt. depreciate oxygen levels, so bring on the air bubbles.
Extra water changes may help as well. This will remove some of the ick in the swimming stage.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:33 AM   #15
 
Yeah I've done water changes, have a single large air stone, its kind of difficult to bump my temperature up in small increments. My heater is the all glass aquarium heater that came with the tank and it doesn't have a numbered dial to turn, just a single bulky knob. So if i try to bump it up it usually bumps up 3-4 degrees at a time at the minimum. Gonna try to do another water change today when i get home from class and then put meds back in, I have to get going though now :(
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #16
 
well my last cherry barb died or was dead when i got home from school today. Oto is still perfectly fine. So for the time being i've got myself an oto and trumpet snail tank! yessss!! The oto should be happy for awhile i suppose having lots of space. I don't know what i want to get after i get my tank back together and going without meds. I was thinking about possibly getting a single RTS and hoping he and the oto get along for as long as possible. I always wanted an RTS and i know they don't make playful tankmates but worst come to worst i'd still be happy with a single RTS in my tank.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:19 PM   #17
 
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I'm feeling sad that your fish didn't make it through this. Don't be quick to get another fish, as whatever caused this is probably still in the tank. The otto may or may not have it, some fish get things and others don't in the same tank. But you want to ensure the tank is rid of whatever it was before trying another fish. Best of luck.

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Old 05-05-2009, 08:17 PM   #18
 
Yeah I'm definitely going to give it time before I get something new. Plan on putting the carbon back in tomorrow because I medicated today already so I'll let that go on. I medicated the tank for roughly a week and there has been no signs of ich on the oto. But still, probably put the carbon back in tomorrow. Do a few water changes over the next week and keep my eye on the oto.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:42 PM   #19
 
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Yeah I'm definitely going to give it time before I get something new. Plan on putting the carbon back in tomorrow because I medicated today already so I'll let that go on. I medicated the tank for roughly a week and there has been no signs of ich on the oto. But still, probably put the carbon back in tomorrow. Do a few water changes over the next week and keep my eye on the oto.
Good plan, Guber. Take care, B.
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