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Old 12-27-2005, 12:08 PM   #1
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My first time...

Well guess what guys? My bala has ick. I woke up this morning, and after doing a quick look-over, my bala was covered with white spots. It's not real bad, but there's quite a bit on him. So here goes the heat treatment. Going to slowly raise my temp to 88 degrees, and tonight will add an air bubbler. Then tomorrow will raise it more til I'm at 88 degrees. Just going to do it slowly. First time I've ever had ick.
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Good luck. Heat is the way to go with ich.
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Sorry to hear that wolf, I sympathize. I'm sure the heat will work fine. Good luck.
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Sorry to hear about that LWB...you're on the right track and good luck.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:27 AM   #5
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Re: My first time...

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First time I've ever had ick.
lets hope this is the last time you'll have ich in the main tank..
good luck..
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:35 AM   #6
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Did another inspection tonight, and bumped the heater up again. Should be up above 86 tonight. 2 Tiger Barbs have a few spots as well on their tail. Also, a yoyo was hiding in driftwood, now rubbing up against some plastic plants, and he's got more than the bala. So that's all I could find so far. I added a 2nd heater to help the single heater keep the temp stable. Also was thinking of adding a bubble wand, but the Emperor 400 seems to be giving decent aeration. What do you suggest? Should I add it or is the biowheel doing a god enough job?
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:14 AM   #7
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Decided not to do the bubble want. Instead, doing the following.

Emperor on full flow, good aeration.
XP3 Cannister, output is through spray bar. Turned spraybar more up to cause lots of agitation.

I think that should be enough.
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Heat works great on a tank, I've had it couple of times, first time I used coppersafe, killed a couple of shrimp, nothing major. then I found this site and decided to try the heat treatment the next time (came in with some cochu blue tetras, went to the store the next day after buying them and saw a "not ready for sale" sign, got home and sure enough the tetras had it) upped the heat and it was gone very fast. since then I've treated my sisters tank and my daughters(came in with a black neon). Never fails and I never have any casualties, it's the easiest one to treat IMO.
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Tank is now at 88 degrees. Raised it in 3 incraments over a day and a half. Now to hold it there. It's fluctuating between 87.5 and 88.7. But that's just on the one end of the tank where the digital thermometer is.
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:20 AM   #10
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Probably fine....I just had my first ich outbreak in years....fortunately on a small (15 gallon) tank with a few mollies....I just cranked-up the temp to 90ºF and left it there...so far for a week, and I will probably dial it down after 15 days.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:24 PM   #11
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Woohooo......

Temp is 89 degrees, and the ick on the green tiger barbs is gone (they only had a few spots), and on the bala is starting to clear up quite a bit. The yoyo still has it real bad, but seems to be starting to clear up as well.

Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate about 10ppm
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:34 PM   #12
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hi...

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Congrats on the improvement on the ich.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:53 AM   #14
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I thought maybe the tiger barbs were clear. Was looking closer, and still have ick. But it's almost gone on them. The bala is clearing up nicely. But the yoyo, still bad.

Now my question is, could I add some salt with the yoyo's? I had no problems when I added salt to the 29G to help the bala when he had popeye, and the striped loaches did good. My only other concern would be the skunk loaches as well. Other than that, all the other fish I know would be fine, and the eels prefer some salt anyways. Just want others to give their expertise in this area before adding. I was thinking of adding 1tsp per 10 gallons, which would be 5 tsp total for my 55G.
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Well, 4 days into the heat treatment and decided to add aquarium salt to see if it helps any. I added 5 tsp to the 55G, dissolved in tank water of course. The bala is just about completely clear and looking better than ever, the green tiger barb looked like it was clearing, but now has a few more again than before, and the yoyo has even more. Will the ick spread at high temps? Just afraid when the yoyo rubs up against the other yoyo's and striped loaches that it might spread. So that's all I'm waiting on now, the tiger barb and yoyo, as the bala is just about 100% clear.
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Old 01-01-2006, 02:32 AM   #16
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Just wondering on garlic. Says it boosts the fish's immune system. Think if I tried soaking some food in garlic that it might also help the fish some by possibly boosting their natural immune system? Just a thought.
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New update....

Bala shark - The doctor gives a clean bill of health.
Tiger barb - Still a few spots, but looks promising.
Yoyo Loach - No change. Looking kind of sluggish, might just be the heat. Spends lots of time in his hole in the driftwood. Does come out for feeding. Sometimes he just comes out and lays on the sand, looking at me, lol.

Just another question. Why is it that ick is harder to get rid of on loaches than other fish? Bala looked almost as bad, now he's clean. But the yoyo hasn't changed, still has ick all over, and lots of it, and doesn't seem to be going away like the other fish. And also with the clown loaches like with what happened to one of the other members in here. Loaches and ick apparently don't mix too well.

Tank conditions:
ph 7.2
ammonia 0ppm
nitrite 0ppm
nitrate <10ppm, did 50%+ PWC today
temp 89.7
Added 5 tsp aquarium salt yesterday, 1 tsp per 10g. Will add a little more tomorrow, as I didn't add when I did pwc today.
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How is the water circulation? the only thing I can think of is the top of the tank is 89f, the bottom could be cooler, is the spraybar pointed down? I'm just guessing as I haven't had a problem getting it off loaches before (I know they stay right at the bottom while the bala and barbs are middle dwellers. and that's the only obvious difference I can see)
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The only thing I can think of is these yo yos are older or have a compromised immune system due to another illness, poor breeding (who knows).
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I wish I could offer you an answer, as you know I am battling my own case of stubborn ich. Good luck, I'm praying for your little guys.
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