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11-26-2012, 08:08 PM #1
Ich! questions and concerns.
Okay, first of i would like to say tank you in advance for stopping by and reading this.
I currently have a minor Ich outbreak in my tank that started with my neon tetras. I am trying to kill it off before it kills anything. I am trying to do the heat only method because i have scaleless fish and snails. Currently my temperature is 84*F is that enough? ( I have 2 heaters in there both on high and that's as high as i can get it) Do i have to remove my carbon filter? i read that its only necessary if I'm using chemicals(which i do not want to do).
Is 84*F high enough to kill Ich?
Do i need to remove my carbon filter even if i am not using chemicals?
Can i keep my temperature around 80*F even after the treatment?
List of fish:
2 swordtails (Marigold, Neon)
7 Neon Tetras
2 Cory cats.
P.S. I have 2 air air stones, one really weak, and one stronger. Also have live plants.
11-26-2012, 08:24 PM #2
The higher temperature speeds up the life cycle of the ich and prevents it from reproducing, so it eventually dies due to "age".
In my experience, 86f was not enough to have a reoccurence one month later. I must have had a more resilient strain. I actually had to bump it up to 87f for 14 days after the last ich was no longer visible, using salt treatment at the same time.
In your case, keep it at 86f for as little as 10 days after the last visible ich is gone.
You can keep your carbon in.
You can go down in temp once the heat treatment is done.
Last edited by Rocksor; 11-26-2012 at 08:30 PM.
11-26-2012, 08:57 PM #3
You see that is the problem. I do not get paid till Friday and i currently have 2 heaters in there, with both of them as high as they can go i am only reaching about 84*F. Is there a DIY heating option or another way to heat the tank?
Or will 84*F be okay to try for 2 weeks, then if it fails buy another heater to get up to 86*F
11-26-2012, 09:37 PM #4
Is your thermometer a glass thermometer or digital thermometer in the tank?
If you can't get it above 84f (due to funds), see how it progresses.
11-27-2012, 03:06 AM #5
I have 2 different types of glass thermometers, one that sticks to the outside of the tank, located near the bottom. And the other is your average glass thermometer located near the top on the inside of the tank.
11-27-2012, 04:49 AM #6
If you can't get the heat to at least 86F then you will have to add something else to kill the ich. MOST ich parasites will die in temperatures of 86 and above, in it's free swimming stage. Anything below that, and all you're doing is speeding the lifecycle up, creating more and more of the parasite, and doing nothing to kill it. Add meds or salt ASAP, if you can't get the temp up.Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark