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Thread: HELP! Ick

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    I got home from school and went to check my fish. I noticed that my Pictus catfish had white bumps on his right gill. I already know that he has ick but I read that others get infected quickly. I believe my tiger barbs are infected because they swim on there sides occasionally and are always gasping for air. I've already raised the tank temp to 80 to see if that would help. Should I get medication? Will this wipe out my tank?

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    raise your temperature all the way to 86, your fish will not like it but it is tolerable for the length of time it takes to treat ich.
    adding salt will also help, although I forgot the exact concentration. because warm water holds less oxygen you will need to drastically increase surface agitation/aeration
    of your tank during the treatment. adding an airpump and airstone, lowering your water level to have HOB filter outflows make a bigger splash, or aiming a pump, powerhead or canister outflow at the surface will all help.
    keep it up for at least 2 weeks or a week after the last ich spots are seen. if this doesnt work, then next in line will be medications.

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    I've heard of a salt treatment. Does this work?

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    People do a mix of heat/salt/meds.

    but if you use any of those-increase your O2 on the tank. either with an airstone or dropping the water level an inch.

    ich came from a new fish or stressed tank...so the root cause needs to be fixed along with the disease itself.
    like stress from being in a tank too small or stress from an unbalanced tank.
    just a heads up to save you from dealing with ick 3 months from now...

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