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Old 11-16-2004, 06:25 PM   #1
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black mollies

In my 29 gal tank, i recently added 5 black mollies. 2 days later, i noticed 2 of them had white spots on them. I have been lucky, and never had any fish have ich in this tank so far, and its been running for a while now. I vacuum the gravel and change the water once a week (every sunday). so i think maybe these fish were sick to begin with. i dont know. anyway, since i noticed the spots, i added quick-cure right away and turned the heater up. since i have tetras in my tank, i have to add a drop for every 2 gallons. (i have to put it in the whole tank because i dont have a quarantine tank).
so my question is, since i am only putting half of the quick cure, will this even help the mollies since they would need 29 drops??? for the past 3 days, i have been adding around 14 drops every day and i havent seen any improvement. i got these fish as a gift, and id hate to lose them already! so can someone help please

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If you have carbon in your filter, that will negate the meds, so you should remove it.


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Old 11-16-2004, 06:49 PM   #3
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i read on a website www.aquariumfish.net where it said that they never saw a difference while treating a tank with quick cure while the carbon was still in. it still worked. my question is, would it even help with the 14 drops???????

"The back of the package of Quick Cure says, "Remove charcoal or carbon from filtration system during treatment." But our tests show that leaving charcoal or carbon in the filtration system does not affect the treatment, so we recommend you leave the charcoal or carbon in your filtration system, and leave the filter turned on and pumping during the treatment."
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Forget the quick cure--read the article in the Articles section about FW ich and treat with 86F and salt. It is best to treat an entire tank, rather than one or two fish to eliminate as much ich as possible.

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I have used Rid-Ich with success, tetras as well as other fish, and have used the heat treatment with great success as well.

If the carbon is not brand new then it is neither helping nor hindering the treatment. I don't personally use carbon except AFTER medication therapy, to remove medication from the water, then I discard it and don't put any back in.

This is a good reason for using a quarrantine tank before putting fish into your main tank. An empty 10-gal tank (cheap at Walmart) plus a cheap sponge filter and a cheap air pump are all you need. Buy the best 25-50 watt heater you can afford. You don't even need a light, necessarily. Then if the fish come down with ich you can go ahead and treat them fully with no worries. It is worth it in the long run

Good luck with your mollies!
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