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Re: NFC: salinaty torlorances of darters?


You mentioned your pH in your post.  Have you done any water test to check
your other water quality parameters.  If you haven't already done so I would
test ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.  While you most likely introduced the ick
to your tank with the addition of a new fish, ick is capable of forming
dormant cyst that become active when environmental conditions are right.  A
healthy fish has a much higher resistance to disease (including parasites)
due to a thick healthy slime coat.  When a fish becomes stressed, which can
happen when water quality is poor they are much more susceptible to illness.  
Not to mention it is very hard to effectively treat your fish when water
quality is off balance.  So if you haven't already tested....test now.  If
you have then continue treatment.  Of the commercial products I always liked
Quick Cure, which is formalin based as I recall.  Anyway good luck.


In a message dated 6/16/2001 11:07:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
kidtt at hotmail_com writes:

Hi, I will introduce myself later,

"business" first...

I am dealing with an ick outbreak in my 35 gal.

I have already lost several fish, including 1 of my fantail darters.

the darter wasn't exhibiting any signs of ick, so I think the salt got her.
the male dosne't look too good right now either.  I was afraid to dose with
anything but salt to treat the ich, because of the 3 khuile loaches in the
tank.  I also increased the temp to 85F.

either the salt or the temp, isn't doing my darters anygood.  the flagfish,
the blackskirts, the red eye, and the albino cory don;t seem to mind.

the main victims of the ich have been my rams and cherry barbs.  i got the
rams for 1$ apeice from an unlabed tank (couldn;t resist).i have lost 3,
leaving me with one.  I also have 1 surviving cherry barb as well (2 dead).
I also lost a serpea.  interestingly, the ph of the tank i got the rams
at the store matched my tank water, 8.2(hard well)  i suspect this may be
the cause of the outbreak.

so, how much salt can you get away with with darters?

i don;t want to repeat the same mistake when i get my rainbows or orange
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