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Old 01-08-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Do I need to drain and start all over?

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My hubby bought me a 55 gallon tank for christmas. He set it all up, and we decided to start with a freshwater as we learn. He had a large piece of coral, that he stuck in there. Little did we know that it wasn't good for our tank. I took the coral out earlier this week.

We bought 5 tiger barbs and put them in. They all ended up with ich. I treated the tank according to the info that I could find. Unfortunately, all the fish died. Now I am wondering what to do. Do I empty the tank, and clean all of the rocks and everything?

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Yes! Ich can remain in a tank for weeks in cold temp .... although at higher temp (say 80), it will go through an entire cycle in a week or so & be gone if there is no fish host.

Safest is to drain the tank & wash everything with mild bleach, then rinse till all bleach is gone (add dechlor for last rinse), and air dry. Alternative to bleach - very hot water (boiling preferably - watch out you don't shock glass tank with that & crack it!), or brine solution. Ich also cannot survive out of water so you can just air dry everything for a day or 2.

Finally, you need to find out why fish has ich & died. Most likely stress related from an uncycled tank. If not familiar with cycling, suggest reading the cycling article in the article sections to avoid a repeat episode!

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You can rinse out the tank with a mild bleach solution, and then rinse with clean water and dechlor. As for the gravel, you can boil up some water and put the gravel in it, and let it sit. That will take care of the ick in the gravel. Then pour out the hot water, rinse the gravel with cool water, then put back into the cleaned tank.
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