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Old 01-14-2014, 07:31 AM   #1
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Treating ich in a african cichlid setup

Hi I have just noticed a few white spots on my female red empress which looks like white spot(ich) any advise on what medication to use and what's the procedure to get rid of it , thanks
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:37 AM   #2
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I suggest the natural way first. if that doesn't work, go for medication.

natural way: crank up the heater to 84 and add aquarium salt.

Ick spreads so isolating a fish to treat it might not work. Your whole tank needs to be treated just in case. Good luck.

If you have to do meds, API has a product for ick.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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Also, I suggest you watch this video about treating ick. John has a ton of videos about cichlids. He is the man and he sells gorgeous cichlids.

"How to control Ick" Tank Talk 8/11/13 Presented by KGTropicals - YouTube
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I suggest the natural way first. if that doesn't work, go for medication.

natural way: crank up the heater to 84 and add aquarium salt.

Ick spreads so isolating a fish to treat it might not work. Your whole tank needs to be treated just in case. Good luck.

If you have to do meds, API has a product for ick.
+1 this is by far the best way to handle ich in a tank. I would like to add that the temp needs to be increased to 86 degrees for maximum effectiveness however. Leave it like that until 1 week after the last sign of ich disappears.

Just be sure not to do both medication and heat treatment at the same time as it an cause fish death.
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So definatly not increase the temp alittle bit ? To increase cycle of ich so the meds can work quicker ?
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I'd also add: check your stock and ensure they can take the treatment.
can all handle the heat?
can all handle some salt?
can all handle whatever medication you put in?

I lost all fish (6 fish) once because of the treatment not ick.
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So definatly not increase the temp alittle bit ? To increase cycle of ich so the meds can work quicker ?
to me, step 1 is increase the temp.
no meds yet.
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Ok Thankyou for your help peeps I'll get straight on it
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Make sure to do it slowly, I think it was 1 degree an hour
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:44 AM   #10
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Nope, you should never use any medications when you are heat treating ich. Truthfully, you don't even need salt. Heat alone will kill the ich.
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