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post #11 of 19 Old 01-27-2011, 10:16 PM
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All the medication labels say to continue to treat for three days after the last visible sign of Ich has been seen. That's what I have done, and I have treated this particular tank four times in two years. Had I continued the meds for seven days, and not three, I would have cured the tank of Ich once and for all?? Do the medication companies print "3 days", knowing you'll be back for more meds??

Let me retract my statement. Instead of saying "ich is always present in the aquaria", I will say "Ich is always present in my aquaria!", lol.
In the future I will continue meds for a full seven days after the last visible white spot has been seen, and hopefully that will be the end of that.
It's very important you follow med instructions especially where concentration of the active ingredients, when they will deactivate (like prazi does in 3 days) and the impact they might have on your fish, are concerned but sometimes we have to skip or break most of the instructions for our fish's sake because not all the time, it will work in similar situations.

Yes, continue another 7 days but I always advise 10 days which is the best bare minimum to ensure the ich is completely destroyed. If the treatment duration is shortened, then you will likely produce resistant strains of ich and these strains are an absolute PITA to kill off.

I think I'm kinda wordy today.

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I think I'm kinda wordy today.
Wordy, but informative!

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24 hours after the first dose, and haven't noticed any stressed or odd behavior from the fish. They all look bright and healthy too (other than the white spots). I'll be doing a 25% WC and dosing the tank again in a few minutes.

A plant that I put in there 2 days ago sprouted a new leaf today, so the chemicals can't be affecting things too bad. I'll still be keeping a close eye on the fish/plants.

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So far so good. No stressed behavior from the fish, plants all look great (growing, in fact). The white spots have drastically decreased. Where every fish in the tank had them before, I can only see them on 3-4 of the fish now (out of 20-odd fish)

How long should I leave the Nerites in a Q tank until I can safely put them elsewhere? I have another tank that has room for them, but it has fish in it. I want to make sure that the ich spores the snails may have carried to the Q tank have starved off first.

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post #15 of 19 Old 01-30-2011, 06:45 PM
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What's the temp where the nerites are currently?

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-31-2011, 06:51 AM
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Try 78 degrees to increase their speed of lifecycle a bit.

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Another question about this process: Is it safe to continue using my liquid fertilizer (Flourish Comprehensive) while I am dosing the tank with the Rid Ich Plus?

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Yes. You may be better off with solid ferts at this point as water changes are important and the ferts will be removed in the process.

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