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Old 01-16-2007, 11:59 AM   #1
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Will the high temperature 86F for 10 days cure ich problem?

I found the newly bought neon tetra have ich problem. I wonder whether use heat treatment is sufficient or not. I plan to use 86F for 10 days, without salt or med.

Do you have any heat treatment experience to share? Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:08 PM   #2
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I suggest thinking closer to 2 weeks at high temp. And shoot for closer to 88-90 degrees.

You want to both speed up the ich cycle, and kill the nematocycsts while they are in freeswimming stage.
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It should do the trick. It will be longer than ten days though. Keep at 86 for two weeks after the last sign of ich is gone.
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I kept at 86 for 14 days after the white spots were gone and it was successful.
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Old 01-16-2007, 04:03 PM   #5
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I have used this technique a number of times, and it has been successful each time.
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It worked for me as well , also make sure you have good current and air as to prevent dead/cooler spots and increase oxygen levels as the warmer water doesn't carry as much oxygen.
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I also recommend at least 87F. I treated my tank twice for Ich, both times with ~88-89F to be sure I was above the threshold to kill it.
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Without the salt you need the temp higher. At 86 degrees you are speeding up the life cycle but you have nothing killing the new ich, at a higher temps you speed up the cycle and kill the ich.
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I guess all depend on situation. I read one person used 84F for 4 days and it worked for his fishes. If 86 degrees was speeding up the life cycle, then I should see more ich. But the real situation tell me the different. I guess either ich be killed or stop development and be eventually died.

After 1 week of treatment so far, the ich has already gone from the fishes - actually gone after 2-3 days treatment and fishes stop flashing too. I will keep 87F for another week to be sure that it won't come back.
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Nice to hear that it worked for you.
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