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Old 04-19-2015, 11:50 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my Cichlid?

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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This is "ciliated protozoan" also known as ick this a disease which most people get in there tank the fist think you need to do is take the fish out of the main tank and put it in a separate tank so she/he won't spread the disease in you main tank and the way to treat this disease you can buy product it's specific to ick medication and also add salt to the tank and raise the temperature up little.


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Sorry I failed to put what I have done already. As I soon as I seen this I immediately thought ick so I treated the tank with ick treatment. The treatment was the one that turns everything green I let that sit for 48 hours and it says to repeat and wait for another 48 hours, so I did. I cleared my water back up with activated carbon but the cichlid never got better. I then thought that it might be sores from bullying so I moved him to my other tank. He seemed a bit more cheerful but never got better. He now looks just as bad and doesn't move much. If you still believe it's ick do you think I should take him to my local shop for isolation and treatment?


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Old 04-20-2015, 12:27 AM   #4
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Pet store can't do anything about it other then give u a treatment over the counter but I would definitely take a water sample to ur local store for a test but best bet is aquarium salt and bump the temperate between 78-82 and do 50% water change. This will help a lot also keep the light off in the tank just for stress purpose.


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Old 04-20-2015, 01:05 AM   #5
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I'll add salt, the aquarium stays at 80-81 already and I just did a large water change today. I'm really starting to give up on him but my local shop is willing to house sick fish but if it would help I don't know.


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Old 04-20-2015, 06:58 AM   #6
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Its definitely ich and this is a really bad case. 78-82 is not enough, you need to get the temp to 86 in order to kill the ich. The meds often don't work. Heat is the best way to address this but you will have to get the tank above 85. Are the other fish showing signs yet? This usually spreads.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:12 PM   #7
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Heat alone doesn't kill ich at those temperatures, heat only speeds up their life cycle, so instead of treating for weeks, you're only looking at days. Add salt to the tank, it makes the environment for parasites less hospitable. If you get the temperature beyond 86, you could kill the ich with heat alone; however you may as well add salt as well to increase the possibility of full recovery that much more. This is on the more severe side, I may even say there is possibly a fungal infection starting to go on as well, but that's only going by the pictures and the diagnosis isn't as solid as someone who sees the fish in person.
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Upping the temp for treatment is also going to require the addition of a large airstone or two.

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I already have 2 large airstones in the tank. Upping the temp won't hurt the other fish will it? I have an upside down catfish, glass catfish, knife fish, gourami, Cory cats, rope fish in the tank as well. I will add salt today as well in both my tanks.


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