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Old 03-01-2017, 10:55 PM   #1
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First time having ICH need help

Hi fellow fish lovers!! I have been keeping aquariums since I was young and would say that I am knowledgable when it comes to most aquarium topics. However, I am lost when it comes to sicknesses.

I recently ordered 4 guppies from LiveAquatics and they came to my house the next day. I followed the directions and kept the room dim in order to appropriately adjust them so they wouldn't go into shock. After they were in my tank I let them relax for a few hours. I turned the aquarium light on four hours later and found that 2/4 had WHITE SPOTS!!! I freaked out and immediately pulled them from my tank and put them in a floating one gallon tank inside of mine. Their water does not have contact with the water in my tank now.

I did some research and learned that even a drop of water from an ich tank could transfer it.

I turned up the heat to 87 degrees over two days so there would not be a large temp increase all at once. In the midst of the last couple days the same 2/4 guppies that originally had it have died. Now, the other two guppies I got in the mail are showing white spots.

I then noticed now that a few of my fish have the spots (goldfish, and silver dollar) them too which SCARES ME. I am very OCD when it comes to the cleanliness of my fish tank and the water.

I have never EVER had any fish sickness in my tank and do not want to lose any of my original fish. I did research and read the following tips, increase heat, Melafix, Ich Remedy, or aquarium salt.. I purchased all of them but have not put any into my main fish tank yet. Obviously, I wouldn't use all at once. Just want to buy them all to be safe. What do you guys suggest? Here are my fish tank specs ; 60 gallon, with goldfish, two guppies, baby guppies in a breeder box, eel, ghost shrimp, silver dollar, one molly, and two smallish fast fish that I forget the name of (LOL) (they were picked out by a friend), and live plants.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:00 PM   #2
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I would just turn it up to 86 for awhile and put some salt in with water changes, when I got ich I did water changes every couple days and added a couple table spoons of aquarium salt with the new water, I did this for a couple of weeks then tuned the heat down very gradually and it seemed to work
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:02 PM   #3
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I have never put salt in my aquarium and have never had nay problems. If I introduce it all of the sudden that won't cause any problems will it? Also, if I am not treating for rich will that cause them to get it continually?
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The salt just helps with the fish's slime coat and immune systems. You don't need a lot especially if you have a planted tank. Turning your heat up accelerates the life cycle of the ich and kills it off, I think the salt helps with that too. Plants don't really like the salt.
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How big is your tank?
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:23 PM   #6
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Tank is 60 gallon, and the one with the two very sick guppies that LiveAquaria sent are in a 1 gallon floating in the big tank
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It seems like you're doing okay, just keep the heat up and I wouldn't use any chemicals
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If you want to throw in 3 tablespoons of salt dissolved it may help
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:06 AM   #9
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I treated ich with my proven method always. Higher the tank temperature like u did already. Add a couple of garlic cloves to ur tank. Next day when u feed ur fish put some of the ginger powder with ur fish food so they can eat it. Feed them a pinch of ginger powder with there meals. Keep ur tank lights off all the time. In very less time the ich will completely eradicated from ur tank.
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