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Ich? I am pretty sure it is.....
Old 09-13-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy Ich? I am pretty sure it is.....

Ok lemme start from the begininng.

55 gallon tank
2 aquatech hob filters, one 40g the other 20 g
55g heater
76 degrees F
nitrate 20ppg
nitrite 0ppg
ph 7.2
gh 75ppm
kh 40 ppm

1 platy....lost her friday
1 sunburst platy.....lost her saturday
1 red velvet wag
5 neon tetras
2 black neons
1 glofish
1 dalmation molly

So, as I just got my tank stable about 2 weeks ago, I think I overfed my fish and started the ich! Problem started Friday evening I came home from work, checked my tank and had a dead platy! I directly checked my water, nothing had spiked. It was overdue for a water change, so I did about a 25% change right then. Checked them Saturday morning and they were all there, I fed them as normal. Came home Saturday afternoon from work and my sunburst play was gone. Never found her. I always check the filters and everything when a fish goes missing. Last week I found one swimming around in the filter! I awake Sunday morning to check them and I had a black neon and neon tetra missing, found them today! Dunno where the lil boogers hide! It worries me! I wake this morning to find lil salt like spots on one of black neons. I knew it was ich, I saw pix online. But, it looks like these same things are on the walls of my tank. not many and I have seen them before on the tank, but wasn't sure that it was. When I look really close it almost looks like some kind of bug, its white and microscopic! Now, I just added my Molly and 2 black neons about 2 weeks ago now. I have had the one platy that died, from the orginal stock in my tank, as well as the glofish, and 3 of the neon tetras , so have had them for about 2 months, had the sunburst and 2 of the neon's for about a month. Does ich cling to the surface of the tank? This morning I dug out some ich treatment from my supplies, since I have tetras in the tank, I have to only add 1 drop for every 2 gallons. I do not have any carbon in my filters, but should I replace the filter media and pads now or wait until I am finished treating the tank? I also read that I should increase the heat of the tank slowly, I have brought it up a little bit over the day it is now 76F. Should I do small water changes or wait until I am done treating? I have read so many different answers as I was searching the site today. Thank you for anything you can do to help!
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
 
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It sounds like you have planaria on your tank glass. I don't think ich clings to the glass (someone correct me if i'm wrong).

Planaria can be a result of overfeeding as well. The good news is that they're harmless to your fish.

Cut down on feedings and keep up with water changes and gravel vacs. You don't have to remove the filter meduim at this point.

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Old 09-14-2010, 10:35 AM   #3
 
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It sounds like you have planaria on your tank glass. I don't think ich clings to the glass (someone correct me if i'm wrong).

Planaria can be a result of overfeeding as well. The good news is that they're harmless to your fish.

Cut down on feedings and keep up with water changes and gravel vacs. You don't have to remove the filter meduim at this point.

But its on a couple of my fish, the salt looking stuff. That is ich right?!?
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:51 AM   #4
 
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If it looks like salt sprinkles, yes. Take a really good close look at the stuff on your glass and see if it looks like planaria

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Old 09-14-2010, 11:31 AM   #5
 
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I don't think its planaria. They are no bigger than a grain of salt. And it was on 2 of my fish.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:08 PM   #6
 
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If it were me, I'd start with a 25% water change to get the nitrates down a bit.

Then follow the directions on your ich meds. and raise the temp up to around 78 to start with. Good luck.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
 
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In my experience, dealing with the most ich-prone fish of all time, puffers, Ich Attack from Kordon worked very well. I don't condone the usage of medicines/chemicals, but if the ich is at an advanced stage, I'd give it a whirl.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:14 PM   #8
 
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Well, I have been treating with rid-ich everyday at half strength because of my tetras. Seems like on one fish it has gotten better, another got a little worse. I haven't noticed it on any of my other fish, and I have been checking them out. I did a 25% water change wednesday and i have continued to treat the tank once a day. I will wait a couple days and do another water change. I hope I beat this. I haven't lost any fish while treating. The little things that were sticking to the glass, there aren't as many now. But I still dont know what they are.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:44 PM   #9
 
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Well I also had something like that. Right before and also during the time I had a really bad ich problem, I too had small white dot things clinging to the glass of my tank. And they vanished when I got rid of the ich. they might be related or something. I'm kind of curious as to what they were.

Hope your tank turns out well^^
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:01 AM   #10
 
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Well I also had something like that. Right before and also during the time I had a really bad ich problem, I too had small white dot things clinging to the glass of my tank. And they vanished when I got rid of the ich. they might be related or something. I'm kind of curious as to what they were.

Hope your tank turns out well^^

Well, they don't look like the planaria that was mentioned. But with it being so microscopic...I guess I won't figure it out. Yea, I noticed them on the glass, lots of them before I saw the ich on my fish. I've only had the ich on a couple of fish also. I am still treating the tank with chemicals, but I think I need to add this other heater I have also, to keep the tank a little warmer, and steady at a temp. My one heater, even tho its for a 55gallon, doesn't quite do the job as well as I would like. I noticed after the water change I did a couple of days ago, that a lot of those lil things were gone, and have been clearing up little by little. I hope that means I am getting rid of the ich. Thanks guys for all your suggestions!
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