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RE: [APD] ich
To try and defeat an ich outbreak in my tank I am in the 3rd week of an
'every other day 50% water change' regimen with temps up around 85-86. I
have seen the steady decline of the spots. Oddly enough there was always an
increase in the spots immediately following a water change which I imagine
may have been due to the stirring up of 'sleepers' the gravel by vacuuming.
I will continue this routine until the spots do not reappear for 5 weeks.
I was unable/unwilling to use any medications for fear of losing/harming my
plants/shrimp/botia. In the process I did lose a Cory or two but others
(including Neons) have made it through the spots unscathed.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com
> [mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com] On Behalf Of S. Hieber
> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:17 AM
> To: Liz Wilhite; aquatic plants digest
> Subject: Re: [APD] ich
> If it's a slight outbreak. Do water changes and be sure the
> tank water remains very high quality. Feed a good mix of
> live/frozen and dry food. Health rainbows will beat back the
> ich and medication is often not needed if living conditions
> for the fish are otherwise good. If ich perists, any one of
> the malachite green & formalin mixtures will knock out the
> ich quickly, usually at half dose, which is what I would try
> if I used it. Doing that will not noticeably harm the plants
> or bottom feeders.
> Do keep in mind that raising the temp into the high 80s or
> more lowers the oxygen and places some added stress on the
> fish while speeding up the life cycle of the ich.
> --- Liz Wilhite <satirica at gmail_com> wrote:
> > Several rainbows in my planted tank appear to have ich. I am a bit
> > stumped by this as nothing new has been added to that tank, except
> > water, in months.
> > First, I have searched the archives and gotten conflicting
> > information.
> > Second, I have doubts -- with at least half the rainbows
> infected --
> > that moving the sick fish out of the tank and treating them
> > is going to work.
> > Finally, this tank has shrimp and yoyo loaches in it.
> > I am raising the temperature of the tank and have added a
> bit of salt
> > and melafix to prevent secondary infections. I have read
> > information on malachite green and formalin in planted tanks.
> > Suggestions for treatment?
> > Thanks,
> > Liz
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