04-14-2014, 08:04 PM
Arrrrgh!! I jinxed it! The main tank has ich! After weeks of thinking it was gone. I'm done with moving individual animals to the hospital tank. It didn't work. I need to treat the main tank. I'm starting with heat alone, not wanting to harm my plants. A gradual increase is my strategy, 77 up to ~81 last night, and tonight I'll bump it up 2 more degrees, and then again tomorrow night, to get it to 85. I still have to do the legwork to make sure my fish can live through that. I'm also looking for meds that won't kill plants as well, but there sure is a lot of opinions out there on the subject. This is a much more complicated job than it should be.
I'm ticked at the LFS for not quarantining before selling fish, and kicking myself for not quarantining those darn hatchets.
Guess I celebrated too soon. I'm feeling a bit discouraged. As great as aquariums are, they sure can take a lot out of you.
04-14-2014, 08:20 PM
I would forgo the meds for the time being, gradually increase to 86F, and leave it there 10 days after the last sign of ich is seen
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04-14-2014, 08:58 PM
the salt/heat treatment can work great. I wish you the best on curing the ich.
04-14-2014, 10:53 PM
Excellent advice. Don't use meds or salt with heat. And make sure your tank is very well oxygenated, as the heat draws oxygen from the water. As Matt states, very important to continue treatment for 10 days (I went 14 days) after the last spot is gone. Good luck.
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04-15-2014, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words :) I did add a 2nd air pump and air stone and raised my spray bar, once I put the temp above 82. We're now at 84.4. Thanks for the 10/14 days tip, I'll be sure to do that. Indeed I'm shying away from meds and salt because I don't want to kill my plants, but I'm also nervous about how well my fish will handle 86 degrees. (Cardinals, corys, hatchets, skirt tetras) I'm watching them for stress, gasping, etc. Complicated by the fact that I'm taking my first full weekend away from the tank for Easter on Friday- I'll make sure to 'hold' at whatever temp I'm at 48 hours before leaving.
04-18-2014, 12:58 AM
Up to 85 or 86.4, depending on which thermometer I listen to. Got some dissolving pyramid feeders for the weekend, hoping they don't make too bad a mess. Nobody's flashing or visibly stressed but still plenty of spots. Hopefully when I get back things will look better. Happy Easter all!
04-18-2014, 01:47 AM
I would not recommend those vacation feeder blocks. if you are only going away for a few days, just not feeding would be better water quality wise.
04-24-2014, 12:21 AM
It's been at 86 since last Thursday. Just lost another hatchet, who was thoroughly covered in ich. Many other fish still have smaller quantities. I'm not sure if the heat is working or not - not looking promising so far. I just raised it again, hopefully to about 87.
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04-24-2014, 12:40 AM
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04-24-2014, 12:56 AM
I second Quick Cure, used it with scaleless fish with no ill effects