04-05-2009, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Guber
Alright, I didn't get a very large bottle of the QuICK Cure...But I read up some more on it and people say it wont affect my snails either. So hopefully I'll be ok. The bottle says to use the treatment daily for 3 days...1 drop per gallon and 24 hours after the 3rd day do a 25% water change and put the carbon back in the filter.
I did take the carbon out btw...but i'm pretty sure i didn't get every tiny little chunk out...Will i still be ok? I got a vast majority of it out.
I've never used QuickCure so don't know how effective it may be, but I am a bit skeptical that it can rid the tank of ick in three days, especially if you do a water change which would obviously dilute the medication then in the tank water. I suggested in an earlier post that you track down the info on this forum about the disease, but in brief the parasite goes through three stages, the first when you see the white spots on the fish, the second when the cyst drops off the fish and sits on the bottom, and the third when the cyst ruptures and as many as 1000 zoospores swim in search of a host fish which they must attach to within 70 hours or they die. It is only during this third stage that the parasite is vulnerable to medication in the water. Treatment is generally recommended to last for a week at the least and more often 15 -20 days; Baensch/Rhiel (Aquarium Atlas, I) says the complete cycle can take as long as 20 days. Several recommend raising the tank temperature a bit, to 80-82F provided the fish can tolerate that, to speed up the life cycle of ick. With Aquari-sol I have treated a tank for five consecutive days, without raising the temp, and the spots did not subsequently re-appear in that tank so I assume it was killed off.
Perhaps others on this forum have had experience with QuickCure and can advise us. If three days is what the product recommends, you can do that and see. It is rare to lose a fish to ick, it takes time for the infection to advance to the stage where the parasites are so numerous they can actually kill the fish, so even if the three days wasn't enough and ick returned, you could then use something else. Keep a very close eye on the fish in the tank; it is odd that some fish seem never to get ick, while others are notorious for getting it at any opportunity (hatchetfish and clown loaches for instance).