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Old 03-11-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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I recently added a school of Silver Dollars to my established 55 gallon community tank. Two days later, I noticed that the new school started showing signs of Ich. I immediately started treating the water with Ich Guard after I removed the media from both of my filters. I've been doing partial water changes and retreating the water for the past four days, yet my fish (not the Silver Dollars) are starting to die. Is there something else that I should be doing?
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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Raise the temp to 86 what are the parameters?
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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I have excellent filtration 2 Marineland 330's with bio wheels and excellent oxygenation with one huge airstrip and a separate large airstone. I raised the temp to 82 degrees when I first started treatment. All of my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels were normal.
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What test kit are you using? And could I have exact water parameters?
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:37 PM   #5
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Silver dollars really need a 6' tank as well, they get around 1' if I'm correct.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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I'm using API freshwater ammonia and PH test kit. My PH is at 7.0 and I'll have to recheck my ammonia levels when I get home later. Last time I checked, the ammonia was 0.0-0.2 range.
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Is it a liquid kit?
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The tank size wasn't the problem as I only had two other schools in there. One school of danios and one school of black stripe tetras. I also have a rope fis and a pictus cat (now deceased).
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Yes. It's a liquid test kit.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #10
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Ick can kill fish quick, just remember if you use any form of medications, some fish are not tolerant of any chemicals.

Also just a rule of thumb...when raising the temp also make sure there is plenty of air circulating....heat depletes oxygen.

80 degrees is sufficient for speeding the life cycle of ick, 86 might be to high and stress the fish more

At 80 degrees, within 3 days the fish should show signs of healing. Also change at least 50% water everyday to remove the ick, especially cleaning the bottom where they fall. If you have a good cycled tank, the parameters will go back to normal quickly.
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