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Ich in plant tanks
Well, 48 hrs of total darkness "The latest cure for ich" didn't break the
cycle in my case.
The good news is that I may have found the trigger for the ich. My
temperature controller (name withheld due to lawsuit concerns:) appears to
have caused a temperature drop. I don't know if the probe is bad (or what)
at this point. I know the temperature is 82 in the tank and the controller
was showing 88. I recalibrated it with another digital thermometer and
compared it to my stick cheesy "stick on" thermometer.
Considering the temperature dropped 6 degrees on the backup "stick on"
thermometer compared to indicated on the controller, I feel bad for not
noticing. I was blaming the new fish, but since they went 3 weeks without a
problem, I'm leaning toward the temperature drop.
Of course, this still means I have ich. I am trying to choose between
metronidazole, formaldehyde, or patience.
I may just increase the temperature to a real (instead of indicated) 86 and
see if the fish can tough it out. At this point, most of the fish look good.
The weak ones are obvious though.