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post #1 of 10 Old 01-17-2008, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
Ich question

ive just found some spots on my two new platies and have moved them to my baby tank to medicate them. they have been in my 29 gallon only about a night is that long enough for the ich to spread to the other fish?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-17-2008, 10:53 PM
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When did you buy the platies? It appears to me you failed to quarantine the fish for four weeks before placing them in your main tank. Treat the main and baby tanks with table salt by a dose of 1 tbsp per 5 gallons. What fish are in the two tanks? Increase temperature to 28-30 degrees Celsius. Continue treatment for a week after the ich seems to have disappeared.

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-17-2008, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
i only bought the platies yesterday and i dont really have the space to quarantine the fish as my fry tank is an 8 gallon and my main is a 29 gallon. the problem is that i have cories in my main and the medication im using (which has worked alot for me in the past to stop ich) may not be safe for scaleless fish. if i have carbon in my main tank filter can i use salt still? thanks

ps is that a teaspoon of table salt or tablespoon (i know your the expert but a tablespoon seems quite a bit?)
oh and as for my fish i have
3 platies (2 have ich) 1 m 2 f
3 swordtails 1m 2 f
1 betta
7 cardinal tetras
3 plecos
3 cories

i also have another filter i can put in my main tank, as ive just read in a book to be careful using salt when catfish are in the tank
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i only bought the platies yesterday and i dont really have the space to quarantine the fish as my fry tank is an 8 gallon and my main is a 29 gallon. the problem is that i have cories in my main and the medication im using (which has worked alot for me in the past to stop ich) may not be safe for scaleless fish. if i have carbon in my main tank filter can i use salt still? thanks

ps is that a teaspoon of table salt or tablespoon (i know your the expert but a tablespoon seems quite a bit?)
oh and as for my fish i have
3 platies (2 have ich) 1 m 2 f
3 swordtails 1m 2 f
1 betta
7 cardinal tetras
3 plecos
3 cories

i also have another filter i can put in my main tank, as ive just read in a book to be careful using salt when catfish are in the tank
tbsp=tablespoon

What med did you use before? I simply dissolved the salt before adding and none of my loaches, plecos and synos were affected however this may or may not work for others.

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-18-2008, 10:15 AM
I am of the belief that ich is always in the tank. You may always have out breaks. They remain in cyst form until conditions permit them to start an outbreak. The best solution that I have found is to keep the temperature of the tank at the higher acceptable levels for your fish. Treat the tank, not necessarily the fish. The outbreak of ich is just the manifestation of the conditions of the tank. That is not to say that your tank is dirty or that you are an inept fishkeeper. Low temperature, stress all have a factor in the outbreak of ich.

I have introduced thousands of new fish to my tanks. Very few times have I had outbreaks of ich. I have more problems with seasonal changes, specifically changing to the cooler seasons, than I do with introducing new fish to infect the tank with ich.
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-19-2008, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
thanks ive gone out to the petshop to get something to replace the carbon mix in my filter as the little filter isint doing a great job.
im going to do a 50% water change as my water has gone murky.
oh lupin the medicine i use is a waterlife product called myxazin (its for fungus,ich,ulcers and other diseases), they only really sell waterlife products where i live and its help me with other ich outbreaks in the past

oh and i got a surprie this morning, my new platy (that i put in my baby tank) gave birth :D but i lose them and then they reappear (well if you can lose fish lol)

thanks for your help :D
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I am of the belief that ich is always in the tank. You may always have out breaks. They remain in cyst form until conditions permit them to start an outbreak. The best solution that I have found is to keep the temperature of the tank at the higher acceptable levels for your fish. Treat the tank, not necessarily the fish. The outbreak of ich is just the manifestation of the conditions of the tank. That is not to say that your tank is dirty or that you are an inept fishkeeper. Low temperature, stress all have a factor in the outbreak of ich.

I have introduced thousands of new fish to my tanks. Very few times have I had outbreaks of ich. I have more problems with seasonal changes, specifically changing to the cooler seasons, than I do with introducing new fish to infect the tank with ich.
Bob, ich really isn't always in every tank unless introduced. Once they seemingly disappear, they try to live around gill tissues and reappear once the fish is severely stressed again which is why in this case, once the presence of ich is no longer detected, continue treatment for a week or two.
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oh lupin the medicine i use is a waterlife product called myxazin (its for fungus,ich,ulcers and other diseases), they only really sell waterlife products where i live and its help me with other ich outbreaks in the past
What are the ingredients in it?

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post #8 of 10 Old 01-20-2008, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
lupin it doesnt actually say, ill keep my two platies in the tank for a bit and keep putting in medicine in both tanks, the one platy seems to have no ich anymore and the male only has 3 little dots but ill keep medictating for another week or so.
oh and the water is much clearer since i my canister filter back on
thanks again
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lupin it doesnt actually say, ill keep my two platies in the tank for a bit and keep putting in medicine in both tanks, the one platy seems to have no ich anymore and the male only has 3 little dots but ill keep medictating for another week or so.
oh and the water is much clearer since i my canister filter back on
thanks again
Glad everything seems okay with you.:)

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post #10 of 10 Old 01-21-2008, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
hehe thanks lupin ill keep checking them and medicating
thanks for your help i will use the salt treatment in the future thanks :D
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