12-25-2013, 08:46 AM
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Merry Christmas to me.... Ich problem, am I treating correctly?
As many of you know, I have a freshly cycled 10 gallon tank. I did my first WC today, not out of necessity due to parameters, but because the sand was filthy. (I couldn't do a WC for 2 weeks using the TSS (which didn't let my ammonia go over 1ppm anyways) and a week after it was done, I still hadn't done a WC because my ammonia was at just under .25 and nitrates at 10. My newly established tanks always run low ammonia at first as they become more established.
Well, I woke up and went to turn my light on and feed the piggy and I noticed something on his fin. Upon closer inspection, my oscar (who is STRICTLY being QT'd in this tank) has ich. He is 2.5" and has about 10-15 ich spots on him. I did a 65% WC, changed the filter pad (HOB) and cranked up the heater. The water is at 84.4F right now, I am slowly increasing it. My goal is 86-88F (it's hard to keep a stable temp, we have no insulation) for three weeks. I also kept the water level lower so my filter would put some additional oxygen in the water. Poe isn't sure what to think about the fairly strong current in front of the outtake but he is having fun figuring out that the bubbles it's producing aren't food.
With weekly WCs using Prime and the temp between 86-88F, will my poor baby be safe from this nasty ich? I have some Kordon Rid-Ich+ (that is ancient, I may add) but I really would like to avoid medicating the tank if I can. One, because it is newly established, and two, because this medicine WILL stain my silicone.
Thank you, as always,