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post #11 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 10:47 AM
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I have for year's used Quik cure with all manner of fishes.(half dose for some species)
Treatment usually last's three day's .
Would alway's add some type of aeration for temp's above 80 degree's for there is less dissolved oxygen at warmer temp's.
I do not treat fish in quarantine,or subject them to uncomfortable temp changes,water chemistry, unless symptom's dictate it .Just time, and observation's.
Opinion's vary.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 11:19 AM
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Quick cure was my preferred medication - if I were to medicate now, it's what I would use.

A parasite living in balance with its host is difficult to detect. I prophylactically treat for parasites while in quarantine for that reason. I prefer to make full use of the fishs time in quarantine. I do not add any supplemental aeration, even at 88. I've found it to be unnecessary.

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post #13 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 03:38 PM
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i follow the exact same routine as jaysee and have also done so for years, still yet to lose a fish to the heat, 86 is technically the number but I go warmer just to be sure. takes about two weeks and in my opinion not as hard on the fish as a chemical. but then again we all have our ways and opinions.

(never used the "extra" aeration either)
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post #14 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Well, sad news. The glass catfish were fine for the two days of medication, but when I tried the heat treatment and discontinuing the meds that were stressing them, they died. There is only one left.
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 07:07 PM
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Well, sad news. The glass catfish were fine for the two days of medication, but when I tried the heat treatment and discontinuing the meds that were stressing them, they died. There is only one left.
I'm sorry to hear that. It's really best to give the fish a break between treatments when you administer multiple. The fact that they were stressed already was reason to not begin something new, especially because they were not exhibiting signs of the parasite. I;m sorry that a discussion about treatment methods led you to this.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #16 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 07:12 PM
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in my personal experience I had a group of pictus cats that came down with ich. I had used a ich cure type medication on them even though I had never used meds for ich before. well during the treatment I lost the whole school (7), come to find out they were sensitive to the particular med I was treating them with. im sure if I went with the heat they would have pulled through, but then again hind sight is 20/20
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-04-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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It always sucks to lose fish.
I thought that since I had discontinued the medication and started ramping up the next day that there would be a sufficient break, but I guess I really should have waited longer. I probably panicked when I should have been patient. :(
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I probably panicked when I should have been patient. :(
ive done this before we all have at one point or another. accessing the situation and choosing the best method to react is always best. like I said I hate usiung meds cause its a chemicals you expose the fish to while they are already stressed.

sorry about the loss btw
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