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White spot disease

>Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 14:47:28 +0730
>From: cchee at pc_jaring.my (Charlie Chee)
>I am having a case of ich or white spot (Ichthyophthirius multifiliis) in
>29 gallon medium planted low maintenance tank with some 60 - 80 black
>babies. Normally to combat this disease, I would normally add a blue
>medication (methylene blue?) which can be purchased cheaply and easily at
>my local retailer.

If your water is soft, you might try adding a small chunk of limestone or
dolomite to the tank to raise the hardness.  I read that harder or saltier
water causes the fish to secrete more body slime, making it more difficult
for ich to attach.  This won't get rid of the existing cysts, but it might
help keep free-swimming ich from infecting the fish.

David W. Webb           Texas Instruments
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