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I noticed ick in my tank over a week ago, my bala sharks were rubbing against the rocks so I assumed it was ick. ...
I noticed ick in my tank over a week ago, my bala sharks were rubbing against the rocks so I assumed it was ick. I raised my temp to 84-86, and used that blue medication every 24 hours. The next day the sharks were covered with ick, then died 3 days later. I have a common pleco in the tank that has been covered for the whole time, and seems to be getting worse day by day. With the temps so high I thought the ick should have done a complete cycle by now? What can I do to save the pleco?
Aww, sorry to hear about your fish. I dealt with Ick on my very first tank and on my very first fish.
I took the carbon filter out, raised the temp, and kept the lights off and the room dark as much as I could. I also did water changes ever single day and I cured the ick, no fish losses.
I have always had good luck with the heat/salt treatment.
I have not used the heat/salt treatment with ick meds. The heat alone depreciates oxygen levels, so have as much air available as possible.
I add 1 tablespoon salt per 5 gallons of water and table salt is fine to use. I leave the tank at 86 deg. The times I have seen ick in my tanks, for me the ick went away quickly at that temp.
Maybe see if extra water changes will improve things for you. It will help with removing some of the free swimming ick. Just remember, if you decide to use salt, replace what was removed during the water change.
Leave the tank at 86 deg for a week, after all visual signs are gone. Then slowly decrease tempt, no more than one deg a day. At that time, you can quite adding salt.