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Re: Newbie's Progress (I knew this would happen!)
Chuck Glad wrote:
> The life cycle takes 12-16 days to complete. having the fish out
> of the infected tank for just 7 days won't be effective.
The life cycle is 3-4 days at and above 70F, but a single life cycle is
risky, just 7 days marginal, 7-10 not bad at all, beyond 14 is a wide
margin of safety.
> Salt treatment alone is of questionable value in treating Ich.
> Salt eases the stress on the fish, but doesn't directly kill the
Salt is quite effective in killing the tomites, the only infectious
stage of the life cycle, at and above 1 teaspoon per gallon actual
volume. It is not going to do the plants any good, so agree that a QT
tank would be good here.
I'm not convinced that NaCl is a stress reducer, it could be a stressor
> Some people also recommend increased water temps to kill
> ich. All that does in increase the speed of the Ich life cycle.
Actually, if you increase the temp to 90F for a few hours every three
days, that alone will kill the parasites. But IMHO this is much more
hazardous and more hassle than salt treatment.