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I have a 40 gallon tank and just noticed today that my juvenile Chromide has ich :cry:. A few other small fish in the tank have it too. I read detailed info posted by Lupin, turned the temp up slowly over the last 6 hours to 85, and added 1 tsp of aquarium salt per gallon of water.

My question is, since this fish as an adult typically inhabits brackish water, will the salt help with getting rid of his ich?? I cannot use other things because he is in a tank with a Crayfish, and some shrimp, and I know most purchasable treatments would kill them. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

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Yes, it should help, but I think the high temperatures will help even more. . . you shouldn't NEED medication, just be sure to leave the temps up for a week or so after you see the last spot disappear, or it will be back to haunt you.

The type of salt that we use for treatment/medicating is very different from the marine mineral blends that are used in creating a brackish system. Good luck with treatment! It sounds like you're doing everything you can. I hope it clears up quickly for you. Ich is never fun. :/
 

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Thanks!! You are right. I woke up this morning, and he looks so much better.. he is much more active, and perky!! I hope for a full recovery for him!! :D
 

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FANTASTIC news! So happy to hear it! It sounds like you caught the outbreak early, and hopefully everyone makes it through.

Don't forget to keep the heat up for a while after the last spot has vanished, the life cycle of this parasite is such that they will still be present in the system after the last one falls from the fish. You want to make sure to kill the next generation before they reach the fish. . .

Keep up the good work!
 

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At this point I only see one spot on a cherry barb. Im hopeful that tomorrow or Friday it will be gone, and then I can slowly turn down the temps and do a water change after a week. :) Thanks for the help Chesh!!
 

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Hello im new to this. My fish, mostly Mollies and a couple of tetras.(just had babies)... have been rubbing there body or gills against objects in the tank. I seen a couple of them do that, im not sure what to do or whats happening?
 

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Hello im new to this. My fish, mostly Mollies and a couple of tetras.(just had babies)... have been rubbing there body or gills against objects in the tank. I seen a couple of them do that, im not sure what to do or whats happening?

In my experience mollies do much better with salt in the tank.

But that's just my experience.


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FWIW I even use mollys to "cycle" full saltwater tanks. Which is another story. :lol:
 

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Mollies do best in either hard alkaline water, or in a semi- brackish tank. They don't need salt to survive, but they do thrive with it. They can be kept in a full marine environment:!:
 
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