05-22-2009, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Good info on the Aquari-Sol. I once, after attempting the heat & salt treatment for over two weeks, had to resort to meds to eliminate ich. Byron is right on as far as fiddling with the heater. While using the heat/salt method I must have made a mistake on the turn on the adjustment. I came home to find the tank temp at 90! It's amazing I didn't lose anybody. (I'm sure they all suffered...who knows what the long term effects will end up being) The heat & salt was shredding my plants and the white spots on my clowns refused to budge. I used Kordon's Rid Ich at 1/2 strength. I was happy I didn't lose a single fish in what turned out to be a month long process. The Kordon's did the trick but my poor pictus ended up with thin, shortened and curled barbels. Poor guy. Luckily they grew back. If (not when) there is a next time I'll go with Aquari-Sol.
HeyHi: How are your fish doing today??
Good point on the plants Kym, I forgot that. Salt and warmth are not good on aquatic plants. And Aquari-Sol has never affected any of my plants. I've also used Kordon's Rid-Ich and also recommend it. It is biological as opposed to chemical, and it clouds the water, but that's no problem when the fish are being attacked by a parasite. No affect on plants that I could notice.
Yes, high temps can be fatal; I lost all the corys in my 33g last fall when the heater malfunctioned and remained on overnight, temp was at or above 86F and in two days the corys were all dead. Tetras and pencilfish were fine, looked no different than before, but they can withstand higher temps at least in the short term.