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1. Size of tank?55

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?

3. Temperature? 88

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?fw

5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 6 weeks

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? 1 African featherfin catfish 2 bala sharks had three but unfortunately one passed 3 spotted Cory 5 mollies a long loach that I never can remember name of and 4 mystery snails

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? No

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? Camboda and moneywort
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Gravel
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?
Rocks ( quite a few caves built)
9. a. Filtration? Fluval 70 gallon
b. Heater? Adjustable for 55-70 gal

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? Two 48" 6500k 10 hrs a day led moonlight an hour prior and after

11. a. Water change schedule? Once a week
b. Volume of water changed? 12 gallons
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? Tap
d. Water conditioner used? Can't remember
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? Once a week

12. Foods? Omega one tropical flake bottom feed tabs freeze dried brine for treat
How often are they fed? Twice daily except mondays

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? White salty spots started on featherfin now moved to balas
b. Appearance of poop? Normal ( haven't seen featherfins)
c. Appearance of gills? Normal with white cysts

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? Yes
b. What meds were used? Just heat

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I've been treating tank with heat for 48 hours now, should I keep up that treatment or change or maybe even add to it? I'm new to fish keeping and this is first outbreak so don't know exactly what to do, just what I've read on here
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I've been treating tank with heat for 48 hours now, should I keep up that treatment or change or maybe even add to it? I'm new to fish keeping and this is first outbreak so don't know exactly what to do, just what I've read on here
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It takes 2-3 days for the spots to start disappearing. Should all be gone by 5 days or so. You should start to see improvement imminently. Just maintain the temp for 2 weeks from when it got up to temp.


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Have you seen any change after the 48 hours? It can take a while for the spots go away - as long as 10 days or more at the raised temperatures. And continue to treat for 3 or 4 days even after you see the last of the spots. Unfortunately you have salt sensitive fish and your plants won't appreciate it.

You might want to add an air stone to help oxygenation in the tank while the temp is that high.

Hang in there and keep us posted. Oh and welcome to the forum.
 

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Have you seen any change after the 48 hours? It can take a while for the spots go away - as long as 10 days or more at the raised temperatures. And continue to treat for 3 or 4 days even after you see the last of the spots. Unfortunately you have salt sensitive fish and your plants won't appreciate it.

You might want to add an air stone to help oxygenation in the tank while the temp is that high.

Hang in there and keep us posted. Oh and welcome to the forum.
the featherfin is actually looking worse:cry:, he is my favorite. his spots have seemed to double and has a greenish color over his whole body.I have 2 air pumps and stones in the tank one for a 20 gal and one for a 50 gal, so I hope that would be enough. I am planning a 50% wc tonight to the extent of taking all the décor out to vacuum the majority of the gravel. And thanks for the welcome just wish it was a better circumstance.
 

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I treated a featherfin at 88. I had a breakout in a 75 gallon - some of the fish I had gotten before I began with the mandatory heat treatments while new fish are in quarantine. So, I began treating at 86, which is the most common recommended temp. It's what I had been doing for the quarantine treatments for some time and worked perfectly. However, 86 did not work! So I did a little research and read about heat resistant strains, and I raised the temp to 88-89. That did the trick, and so from that point on I do 88 for the quarantine treatments. I hope your cat does as well as mine did.


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Patience :) I think there's a good possibility that you will wake up tomorrow and see improvement. I would not add quick cure or anything else.


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Just heat! Featherfins are VERY resilient. I love mine too so I understand the concern. Heat is less stressful and more effective then any meds. I just had my clown loach in my 75community go throug that. Put the whole community through 1 1/2 weeks of 86-87f temps and all is good. Everyone took it well and it honeslty was off the loach in about 2-4 days but kept the heat to be safe. I would do the same if it were my featherfin..but I would putting the cat in QT just because his tank mates are a little more important to me.
 

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I would but really new to fish keeping and don't have a qt as of yet, will be getting one very soon but won't be til next week probably
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was just saying what I would do because that is avaiable to me..but even then to be safe I woud heat the main tank as well to be safe. Don't worry. They will all be fine. I did not qt my loach. He is super social and didn't wnt him more stressed seeing as stress caused his ich in the first place. ( I forgot to plug heater back in after water change for 24hrs and tank chilled too much). Keep us updated
 

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+1 to all the above advice. They got ya covered :) just wanted to mention that just about any meds you would be tempted to use would be very harmful and most likely deadly to ur snails.

Welcome to fishkeeping. Im pretty sure soon u will habe mts ( multiple tank syndrom) just like the rest of us!
 

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Ok so quick update, did the wc and vacuum last night everything seemed ok. Woke up early this morning to a lost bala and now my featherfin looks like he is peeling but still acting pretty much normal. And as far as MTS goes already got it ! Looking into a 75 gal but debating on a salt or fresh water setup. This time I'm going to take my time and really do research before any purchases. But I really want some angels too so maybe a third tank too lol
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Peeling didn't sound good... Not a symptom of ich so it's possible there's more going on.


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