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    It could be from the ammonia/nitrites which is the likely cause of death. If your daughter saw white spots it also couldn't have been ick. Ick looks like pieces of salt appeared and is a common parasite. In the diseases forum there are several articles about treating ick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy85 View Post
    Most likely a ICH outbreak. Best method to treat it from my experience is to raise the temp to 86 degrees (do this slowly), leave it that way until you don't see any white spots for at least 7 days.

    The fish probably broke out with the ich due to stress. I had a bunch of outbreaks within first few months of my 55 being set up
    Thanks Hardy85, I was wondering if it was that "ich" stuff I've read about before...what is the full name of the disease?...my daughter bought this tank as a "kit", and the heater that came with it has no adjustment on it that I can find...the directions say that the heater will "automatically" maintain a safe temperature, but I'd rather have one that we could adjust the temp on...have a feeling that is the next thing I'll be buying....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limming View Post
    It could be from the ammonia/nitrites which is the likely cause of death. If your daughter saw white spots it also couldn't have been ick. Ick looks like pieces of salt appeared and is a common parasite. In the diseases forum there are several articles about treating ick.
    Thank you, heading to that forum now...was reading about "ich" here: http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/disease/p/ich.htm

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    That article makes it seem like you should raise the temp and treat with meds.
    Both the raising the temperature and adding medication can reduce the oxygen in the water so it's best to pick one method or the other. You can also add an air stone if you don't already have one to help oxygenate the water more for the fish.
    This is the best and most comprehensive article I've seen on Ich. It was posted by Lady Hobbs awhile back in the Fish Disease section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrunchyLeaf View Post
    That article makes it seem like you should raise the temp and treat with meds.
    Both the raising the temperature and adding medication can reduce the oxygen in the water so it's best to pick one method or the other. You can also add an air stone if you don't already have one to help oxygenate the water more for the fish.
    This is the best and most comprehensive article I've seen on Ich. It was posted by Lady Hobbs awhile back in the Fish Disease section.
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ich.php
    Thanks crunchyleaf...if you've followed this thread, I am in the middle of doing 50% daily water changes while waiting for my test kit to come in...advised by Hardy85 to do this to help keep the ammonia levels in check in preparation to begin "cycling"...I let Hardy know that the cheap heater that came with the tank kit is not adjustable, so I might need to buy a better heater in order to raise the temp...I want to be able to manipulate the water temp regardless...let me check the link you sent me...thanks again...I read one earlier from this forum, but not this one...

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    Ok that was a very informative article...Am I correct in thinking that raising the temp alone, to 86 degrees, for an extended period will destroy the ich?...or do I need to buy the salt and use it too?...I would really like to use temp only at first, if it will work to get rid of the ich. I do have a bubbler that stays on all the time.
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    I would personally use heat alone. I had an ich outbreak in my ten gallon tank last month. I raised the temperature to 86 and then waited 8 days after I saw the last spot on the fish disappear (It was up for about 10 days over all). It went away and I haven't seen any signs of it since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrunchyLeaf View Post
    I would personally use heat alone. I had an ich outbreak in my ten gallon tank last month. I raised the temperature to 86 and then waited 8 days after I saw the last spot on the fish disappear (It was up for about 10 days over all). It went away and I haven't seen any signs of it since.
    THANKS, that's what I am going to try...need to buy an adjustable heater...are they very expensive?

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    Thanks...was looking on Amazon, there are a bunch out there...I just want an adjustable one that is appropriate for a 10 gallon tank...

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