07-10-2009, 12:22 AM
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Ich...Never ending battle...Help Please
Hi all, I have a major confusion and hoping someone may have some good suggestions. The problem is Ich! My tank keeps getting it and sadly each bout often results in some fish dying. When a occurance happens, I treat the tank with Malacite Green for a week past the last sign of it on any fish. This seems to help, but I've noticed that usually about a month later it happens again. Each time, I lose 1 to 2 fish...and it is very depressing. One time I tried raising the temp for treatment...this did nothing. Another time I completely cleaned out the tank...this helped that bout...but it again came back about a month later and it was VERY stressful to the fish. Basically...the Malacite Green treatment seems the best...but it doesn't seem to last or somehow ich gets back into the tank after treatment. I am very frustrated. Currently I have 2 Cherry barbs, 1 guppy (female...not pregnant anymore and babies got eatten), and neon tetra. The neon is the only original fish since this all started almost a year ago. He is my "superfishy" since he does well on his own (yes I know neons are schooling fish..but his friends have died) and he has lived through the ich bouts and a major ammonia spike dispite the rumor that neons are sensitive fish. Any help to get rid of ich once and for all forever would be wonderful!
My tank currently info:
2 Cherry barbs, 1 female guppy (not pregnant), 1 neon tetra. 15 gal tank. 20g Whisper filter. Temp normally 72-78 F. Lighting 20 Wtt on a timer for equal day/night cycle. Only very slight natural light during day. No live ornaments. Small amount Aquarium salt added for health. Eat premium flakes once a day (sub freeze dried bloodworm and a small algae disk once a week for variety diet and health). No medications except during Ich outbreak (the Malacite). pH 7.8, ammonia/nitrite/nitrate 0.00 (occassional temp flux to 0.01 at water change). Use liquid test kit. 10% water change done every 1.5 weeks.