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Re: Treating Ick in a planted tank.
>What is the best course of action? I've read a bit on it, but it seems
>the medications cannot be used in a planted tank. I've one fish, a newly
>aquired clown loach which is currently infected. At this stage, no other
>fish is infected yet.
>Not that it matters because treating the visibly infected fish in
>another tank would not necessarity remove the parisite from the planted
The best way to start is to isolate the infected fish. Either get a small
(I like 2.5 gallon tanks, 5 gallon is OK too) tank, or use a largish bucket
(5 gallon bucket half filled works well). Treat the fish in the quarantine
tank as recommended by the maker of whatever ich remedy you're using. If
the only fish you have that is infected is a newly acquired fish, then you
should be OK if you isolate the fish quickly. Once the ich gets going in
your tank you can start having problems.
There is some info on the krib at http://www.thekrib.com/Diseases/ich.html
that suggests removing *all* the fish from the planted tank for a while may
disrupt the life cycle of ich enough to kill the ich in the plant tank. Not
sure how well that would work in practice though. I'd stick with treating
the infected fish in a quarantine tank and keeping an eye on the
inhabitants of the main tank to check for further infections.
BTW, I prefer to use white buckets for my tanks since it lets you see the
fish'n'critters in the buckets. If you use the normal malachite green based
ich medication then you'll probably stain your bucket to a turquoise color.
You can get polyethylene bucket liners for <$1 if the stain is a problem
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