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post #1 of 2 Old 04-11-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ich outbreak!

I have a 55 gallon semi aggressive tank, and well today I noticed there was an ick outbreak, I have never had to treat for any form of disease.

I removed all the fish that have been showing ick symptoms. They are in a 10 gallon filtered and heated with gravel and a plant, which also I added some aquarium salt, and fungus rid.

In the 55 gallon I added the fungus rid tablets and some fungus rid liquid drops. Tomorrow I am planing on doing a large water change and clean everything. But I noticed just now that my large angel fish has ick on his fin, he is to large to add to the 10 gallon. What should I do? Either way I am going to treat both tanks but do I add the other fish back or leave them in the smaller qt tank?

Also I need all help, like I said I have never had to do a treatment like this. I have been always really careful.

Please and thank you!

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-13-2011, 03:16 AM
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I am also dealing with ich outbreak. If I were you, I would put all the fish back into your 55 gal. It would save you a lot of time and hassle if you only had to treat one tank. Now, for the treating: I try to use as little chemicals as possible and do things more natural for my fish. Heat and salt. Slowly bring the water temp up to 86 degrees F. Slowly as in one or two degrees at a time, you do not want your fish to go into shock. For salt I use one teaspoon per gallon.It is best to introduce this slowly as well. So the first day I would add one gallon of treated fresh water, with the salt in it, then the next day do two gallons. Each day you need to change 50% of the tanks water. Ok now here is the "ich's trick's" The ich will seem as if it has disappeared, it has not. Ich will freeswim for another 4 or 5 days so keep treating your water and keep the heat up to about 86 degrees Fahrenheit do this for about a week. You will want to add some more oxygen creating things to your tank. Airstones are great! Due to the warmer water the oxygen becomes less. Hard to explain but trust me. If this fails you you may want to stop by your local pet store and get another opinion.
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