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Old 01-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #11
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Sometimes fish will flash for no reason. Its not all the time that means parasites and disease. I would still QT and observe. Just realize it might be nothing.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:59 PM   #12
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She is in my 20 gal long for QT and observation. Today was day 3. She did finally eat today the clam and mussel after I did the 25% water change. She looked so happy.

She hasn't lost any color or have any physical signs of infection. She just flashes maybe every half hour for a few seconds. Then she stops
And continues swimming peacefully. She doesn't swim around all frantic or stressed looking. She is very peaceful.

So I don't know whether to
Start treatment or not? Could giving it
Another day now that she is eating to hold off and observe before deciding whether to treat or not hurt anything ? Do you guys think I should start treatment?

Also when I do the fresh clam and mussel in the tank how long can I leave them in there for? I had them in there tonight for close to 3 hours because we was loving it and going to town!
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Im not discounting anyone elses experiences. If others have treated that's fine for them. But I never treat anything unless I know they have something and I know what to treat with. I just observe and see if anything happens. I would still continue to QT and see what happens.
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Thank you for your advice. I like gathering and learning from as many people's experiences as I can. I am leaning towards agreeing with you , however the only reason I would start treatment would be to catch ich ( if that is what this could be) early before I notice any white spots develop because often times once you get to that point it's too late.

But right now the only possible sign of her maybe having ich is when she flashes along the bottom
Of the glass or PVC pipe every so often.
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Like I said Im not discounting Ricks suggestions. He obviously has good results so his way might be an option. Many ways to accomplish things in this hobby.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:19 AM   #16
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^ +1.
You can give it a few days and see how it goes. Also, 3 hours shouldn't be enough time for the protein to break down into ammonia. You can test and check though.

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Thank you guys for all your help. I will give it another day or two now that she is eating to see if any other signs develop or if the flashing stops or worsens. Ill make my decision then.

In the meantime ill just keep up with 25% water changes every other day.

If you guys have any other advice / tips id love to know. You can never have enough knowledge/ opinions in this hobby
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Still did not start treatment yet. The reason being is that she is eating very well now and I don't want to cause any unneeded stress that would actually be more harmful. I placed another fresh clam and mussels ( put two drops of garlic on the mussel) on opposite sides of the tank again today. And again she went to town on both. So this is two days in a row she is eating very well.

However, the flashing has not stopped. It hasn't gotten any worse or better.

Do you guys think I should obviously keep up with the 25% water changes in the 20gal long QT tank to keep the water pristine but also start treating with rid ich plus?
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Did my first treatment using rid ich plus yesterday. I have a question as I am confused by the instructions on the bottle.

I performed the treatment in my 20 gal long QT tank.

The instructions for a treatment were ;

1. Perform a 25% water change before treating
2. Add 1 tsp of rid ich per 10 gal of water in the QT tank.
3. Repeat every 24 hours

I did as instructed and added 2 tsp of rid ich after the water change because I have 20 gal of water.

My question is, the instructions aren't clear about how much rid ich to add after he first dose. When I repeat every 24 hours, am I just adding a dose of rid ich enough to replace what was lost in my 25 % water change? Or am I adding the full 2 tsp again? I am confused because doesn't most of it stay in the water? So am I only replacing what was lost through the water change?
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Unfortunately I can't comment as I have not used the product. But if you're having to redose the full amount every 24 hours, it can't just be to redose for the PWC you need to perform everyday.

Is RidIch a copper treatment?
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