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Very bad luck with Ich treatment
Old 09-25-2010, 10:11 PM   #11
 
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Sorry your fish died. I hope things can get sorted soon. Good luck with the treatment.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:17 PM   #12
 
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I'm sorry, that totally sucks. It happens to the best of us. Try not to get discouraged and know we've ALL been there.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:11 AM   #13
 
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Thanks for the support. I don't know how I'd deal with all the trouble I've had with this tank if I didn't have support on the forum. You guys are the best.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:19 PM   #14
 
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I'm battling Ich at the moment too. Didn't help that my heater broke over night and the tank was 68 degrees this morning. I've lost 3 fish(xray tetra and 2 guppies) in the past 2 days and the ones in the tank aren't looking too good, except for my zebra danios. I added salt with the new heater today, hopefully things get better(my poor platies look like they swam through a dish of salt) Good luck with your tank Ponyo.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:11 PM   #15
 
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Thanks for the support Silverboo23. Sorry about your heater. I too, had an overnight temperature drop down to almost 68 before this all happened, so I know it is bad news. Right now, I'm patiently following Ich Attack instructions for the next four days. The water is as brown as mud and the two White Clouds that survived look really scared because all the other fish are gone. They won't even come up to the surface to eat right now. I'm also anticipating a mini-cycle after all this is done. At least the snail and plants look OK.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:38 PM   #16
 
I recently had to treat ich in a planted tank for the first time. I did some research and heard only bad things about ich attack. I opted for Rid-Ich, it is plant safe and claims to be snail safe. Some snails are sensitive to malachite green but, my mystery snail did just fine and I only had to treat for 10 days. I've posted on ich before and as some of you know I am a salt man. I would give Ich Attack one more chance and then switch to Rid-Ich if it doesn't work. If its really stubborn, salt will kill it. It will probably kill your plants and snails too and most of your bacteria but at 3 tbs per gallon and 84 degrees (normally it is 90 degrees but white clouds can't handle that) it will kill the ich and I would even say within a week. I have never seen salt fail with ich. But so far Rid-Ich is 1-0 for me and I would try it if ich attack continues to be ineffective.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:13 PM   #17
 
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Well, I just got home from work and my two remaining platys were dead. Only have 4 fish left, hopefully the tank can stablize.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:55 PM   #18
 
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I am sorry to hear the news about your platies Silverboo23. I really hope the rest of your fish survive and the tank will stabilize. The whole thing is a total bummer.

Russell, I actually did look for Rid-Ich because someone else recommended it in another thread and I could not find it anywhere. I finally saw a bottle at pet store that I usually don't go to, but by then I had already started treatment with Ich Attack and turning up the heat to speed up the parasite's life cycle. I was actually thinking about changing over to salt once I got the heat up to 84, but both of my platies died once the temperature got to 81. I was afraid I'd lose the white clouds too, so I turned the heat back down to 74. I think my platies were just too stressed from the parasite and possibly unstable water to handle the temperature change, even with air stones.

If this ever happens again, or if the Ich Attack fails, I will hunt down a bottle of Rid-Ich. I understand that heat and salt do work, but I don't know that I would risk stressing my fish out like that again.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:39 PM   #19
 
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I always use and recommend Kordan's Rid Ich+. I think this medication is a whole lot safer for fish, than using the heat/salt method. JMHO.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:30 PM   #20
 
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I always use and recommend Kordan's Rid Ich+. I think this medication is a whole lot safer for fish, than using the heat/salt method. JMHO.
+1 on that. I'm learning the hard way just how much better it is than what I've been able to find within a 20 mile radius of here.

I'm going to get a nice big bottle online soon.
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