Originally Posted by nugrad2005
I'm going to raise the temperature of the tank to about the mid 80's (figure 84-86ish).
Raising the temp is a Myth
. Unless treating the affliction this will do nothing but allow the parasite to multiply faster. The optimum reproductive temp for C irritans
is actually 86F. Any temp required to kill ich will also kill the fish.
And I'm going to raise the salinity, but by how much.
Again, a myth
. higher salinities will also promote increased populations of the parasite.
I also heard that people dose the tank with all sorts of different stuff like garlic and other additives. Let me know much work!!!
This can often aid in eliminating the problem but it is by no means a cure. At best it helps improve the fish's immune system thereby allowing a stronger resistance to the theront
Your best course of action will be to round up the fish and place them in a QT environment and perform the proper proven
remedies. Copper or hyposalinity
Also keep in mind that the tank must remain fallow for 4-6 weeks after all
fish are removed to ensure the parasite dies out. As long as their is a fish host, there will be a re-occurance.