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post #11 of 18 Old 09-09-2009, 01:39 PM
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I think all the fish would live through the heat, as long as you turn the heat up slowly and increase the available air. Make the tank as full of air bubbles as you can get it. If you use a hang on the back type filter, drop the water line to get more air from the filter.

If you go with meds, get one that says its ok to use on sensitive fish, such as your catfish. Better to start using it at half dose and keep a close eye on the catfish. I burnt the whiskers off one of my catfish using Quick Cure at half dose, has made me leery of meds.

Even if you go with meds, the heater would be good to have. If you use meds only take the heat up to 82 deg. At 82, it is to warm for the ick to live on the fish and they will start falling off. The meds only work on the free swimming ick.

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post #12 of 18 Old 09-09-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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As you can see some of the small specks on this fellow...i took pix of the platty too but they didnt show up good. The are all acting weird...and the platty is looking the worst as far as his activity...he's just laying on the bottom.


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Yep, thats ick.
Start treatment ASAP. Ick is one of the easier fish diseases to cure, so start treatment now and all of your fish should live through it.
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glad im catching it early. only 2 fish are showing signs right now...well besides their behavior.
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Thats the bad part, some fish can have ick, but not be noticeably to our eye.
That is one reason to continue with the treatment for a least a week after you believe it to be gone.
It will also help in making sure all the free swimming ick, have been killed off.
You will want to qt any new fish after the treatment, or you risk bringing ick back into the tank.
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post #16 of 18 Old 09-09-2009, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Everytime i go look at the tank they are acting more and more strange!

Yes I see more of them are 'flashing'...they are swimming vertical (head down)in the bubbles!
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Everytime i go look at the tank they are acting more and more strange!

Yes I see more of them are 'flashing'...they are swimming vertical (head down)in the bubbles!
The swimming head down is pretty normal with tiger barbs.
Keep us updated on the treatment. Hope they all pull through for you.
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-11-2009, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Doing ok..no one has died...and no one seems to be getting worse.

so far im on track for water changes...1 a day since wed. added salt (going light on it)

I rinsed out the filter(sponge, carbon, bii-thing)...i know thats prob bad? oh well it looked like some gunk came offI(good bacteria right?) heh...
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