09-06-2009, 11:22 PM
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Hello and welcome to the fish forum!
Some people prefer meds, but personally, I use the heat/salt treatment to cure ick, and no need to remove carbon for it.
The goal is to raise the temp to 86 deg. At 82 the ick starts falling off the fish, at 86 the free swimming ick will die off.
Slowly raise the temp to 86 deg. No more than 1 deg a day, 1/2 deg every 12 hrs, even better.
Higher heat depreciates available oxygen, so turn up the air, if you have an HOB filter, drop the water line to get more air from the filter.
Add 1 tablespoon of salt per 5 gallons of water. Always dissolve the salt in water first to avoid burning your fish. It would be better to increase the salt level over a few days to give them a chance to adapt.
Water changes! The more you can fit in the better! The stress from ammonia and nitrites in you tank, can result in ick. Ick can be hard to get rid of if your fish are stressed by toxins. The water changes Will help remove the free swimming ick, as well as help keep ammonia and nitrites low. Just replace the salt that was removed, while treating for ick. Table salt is fine to use.
Try to keep ammonia and nitrites under .25 ppm. Daily water changes should help.
Leave the temp at 86 for a week after all visual signs are gone, this will insure that the free swimming ick are killed off. Then it is safe to slowly lower the temp.
Study the fish you have first, to make sure they are able to handle the heat and salt.