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post #11 of 19 Old 02-24-2008, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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my severum has bald AND white spots on its fin and body that look like ich
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-24-2008, 06:22 PM
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I said in another post today, I think it was one of yours?, to try aquarium salt and raise the temp first before using meds. This normally works.

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-24-2008, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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only one of my fish,my severum, has the white ich spots. unfortunately, i don't haave a quarintine tank. i do have have a tink half gallon tank much im guessing that won't be much help.

that is why i asked you guys if i can use salt for fish who don't need it
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that is why i asked you guys if i can use salt for fish who don't need it
All your fish will be fine with salt. Do treatment for two weeks.

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can i use teh salt treatment without raising the temp.? my heater is just pre set to 78 degrees.
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can i use teh salt treatment without raising the temp.? my heater is just pre set to 78 degrees.
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unfortunately, i don't haave a quarintine tank.
As for this, you do not need a quarantine tank when treating ich. The main tank itself must be treated. Moving a fish is rather pointless unless this is a heavily planted tank which you may or may not be willing to sacrifice for the sake of eradicating the ich.

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-25-2008, 01:47 PM
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The heat is what speeds up the life span of ick. The salt will sooth the fish and also help thier immune systems but the heat will be required to kill the free swimming ick. I'm sure Lupin can give you a better explination but getting the temp up in the tank would be my first step.

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post #18 of 19 Old 03-04-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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what if my fish are scaless like knife fishes?
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-04-2008, 10:01 PM
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I;ve used salt in my tanks with plecos and cories and been ok. They don't like it long term but for 2 weeks you should be ok. Even when I didn't know any better, I had a tank of livebearers who like salt but a pleco in there also, so I used salt all the time. The pleco never had any problems...he might not have been happy with me but that pleco lived through some of the most horrible beginner mistakes you can imagine. I miss my Plucky!!!

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