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Safe to treat my tank with salt for ich?
Old 02-07-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
 
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Safe to treat my tank with salt for ich?

So I have a 40g breeder that is just starting to show signs of ich. Only a few fish are effected at this point I believe I managed to catch it early on. The fish are emperor tetras, black widow tetras, cories, angel fish, bolivian rams, checker board cichlids and a sword tail. Can these fish handle a small dose of salt and raised temperature to kill the ich? If they can how much do I add and for how long? Water changes every day? This is my first experience with ich so it's all new to me and any information is a huge help. Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
 
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Salt can be used to prevent ich but it will not cure ich. get some medication for ich
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
 
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It is very easy to treat Ich with salt. You’ll need a concentration of 0.3% salt (3 teaspoons per gallon) to eradicate the Ich. To reach 0.3% salt you would add 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon of water to your tank 3 times, each 12 hours apart. Predissolve the salt in tank water and then add slowly to a high water flow area.

Vacuum the substrate daily to remove any cysts that fall off...raise the temperaure slowly to 80F this will speed the life cycle of the ich parasite up...the cycle usually lasts 3-5 days and will keep multiplying if left untreated.

You can get ich medications, rock salt which you can buy at a food store is milder on the fish and in most cases very effective...DO NOT USE TABLE SALT...it can harm your fish.

You want to treat for a full 7 days and then monitor for another 7 after that, it can return so be prepared to act if it shows signs of coming back.

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Old 02-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
 
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Thanks Tazman I will follow your instructions exactly. Once the ich is gone should I do a huge water change to get rid of all the salt or just little consistent changes? I bought API aquarium salt and my LFS so I assume that's safe correct?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:18 AM   #5
 
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A couple other questions. When I vacuum the substrate since I will be removing water and adding fresh water should I replace the same amount of salt? I have a 5g bucket I use so that would be the amount the would be getting removed. Also I just added the first amount of salt and the water looks a little hazy I guess is the best way to describe it. It's not cloudy but it's kind of like looking through someones eye glasses when you don't need them if that makes sense. Is this normal?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #6
 
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Correct on the salt...

Keep up with the water changes but make sure to try and keep the salt content at 0.3%, it is vitally important to vacuum the substrate daily and keep the temp high, you can get rid of the ich within a week doing this.

After you notice the last cyst drop off, keep the treatment going for 7 days after that. If you notice no re-occurance after that period then lower the temp back to your "normal" running temperature and continue with your regular water changes. A little salt in the water will prevent any ich from coming back and will be gradually removed over time with your water changes.

Try as well to reduce feeding a bit, you need to keep the water quality high during treatment, the fish with the raised temperature will be slightly more hungry. Resist the temptation to overfeed. They will be totally fine not eating as much.

Best of luck and hope everything works out well.

If after say 7 days the salt is not showing any signs of treating it or it is getting worse then get a bottle of ich medication and follow the instructions on the bottle EXACTLY.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:23 AM   #7
 
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I just saw your other post...yes it is totally normal for the water to be cloudy adding the salt...try and dissolve it before adding it or add it somewhere near a filter output or area of high flow. That way it will help it dissolve quicker.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
 
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Thanks again Tazman you've been a HUGE help. I will keep up with the water changes and feed every other day until everything is back to normal. I did dissolve the salt completely in a cup of tank water like you said to before adding but but looking in the tank still saw some of the waves. Guess I'll wait a little longer next.

Two more questions, you said to keep the treatment going 7 days after I notice the last cyst drop off. Does this mean keep the salt content at .3% an entire 7 days afterwards? Also will adding salt for this long have any adverse effect on my fish?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:57 PM   #9
 
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what causes ich?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #10
 
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Thanks again Tazman you've been a HUGE help. I will keep up with the water changes and feed every other day until everything is back to normal. I did dissolve the salt completely in a cup of tank water like you said to before adding but but looking in the tank still saw some of the waves. Guess I'll wait a little longer next.

Two more questions, you said to keep the treatment going 7 days after I notice the last cyst drop off. Does this mean keep the salt content at .3% an entire 7 days afterwards? Also will adding salt for this long have any adverse effect on my fish?
Welcome for the help.

With the small amount of salt you are adding it will not affect the fish, if you notice anything unusual other than ich..ie behaviour then discontinue the treatment AFTER you notice the last cysts drop off. If you can keep it at .3% the whole week after, then it will be beneficial as it will likely totally eradicate the ich parasite. The water will be rid of salt in about a week or two if you keep up with water changes after the treatment is done.

Monitor the fish as well for any other signs of secondary infection...when the ich parasite drops off the fish, it actually leaves a small hole in the fish, with a fish stressed due to ich anyway they can be prone to secondary bacterial / fungal infection. That is partially why you continue the treatment as salt will help heal the wounds.
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