04-22-2011, 12:27 AM
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Alright.. so I've read up on Ick and a few more sickness before I got a fish tank.. and Ick was one that was engraved into my mind..
First, depending on temp, the process for Ick can be slowed down, or quickened.. I would go with speeding it up and dropping the tablets into the water. Raising the Temp will increase the speed, but try not to kill your fish ;) Raising the temp will provide a shorter time for the parasites to leave the fish body, and when vulnerable, the tablets will kill them off. Raising the temp will also force all the other fish that are sick with Ick to "purge" the parasites into the water... Not at the sametime, but over the course of a week or two. Ick sucks.. and causes bloody streaks at the later stages.. keep an eye out for it.. As you probably see now.. are white spots.. This is the early stage for when the parasite enters through the skin, it causes an irritation.. a white spot. After a week or so, the parasite leaves and drops to the bottom of the tank where it multiplies. After multiplying, all the baby parasites then feed on your tank population.. resulting in a full Ick breakout.
-Remove Carbon filtering
-Cut medication dosage in half for catfish and other scaleless fish.
-Carry out with water changes BETWEEN treatments.
Hope this helps. :)