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Old 05-22-2019, 01:20 PM   #1
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Help with ich

I know there are alot of forums about ich. But none of them are referenced to fish in planted tanks with shrimp.
I am just now starting to see fish with the sure sign of ich forming on there bodies and wondering what to do to nip it in the but. I have a quarinteen tank cycling. But it is only a 10 gallon.
Any advice on something i can add to help get rid of ich in my display tank? I do have shrimp/plants that i am trying to save as well. So i know salt is out of the question.
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Personally, I've used a dose of aquarium salt at 1 TEAspoon per 5 gallons of water with plants and shrimp in the past if you want to take the chance.

If it's an early stage of ich, raise the temp to 82 degrees and do a 25% daily water change with a light gravel vacuum. The idea is to bump up heat to speed up the life cycle of ich and as the eggs fall off the fish and onto the substrate prior to free swimming you vacuum them up. Many people just go with this method and leave out the salt.

IME, the heat, salt and vac method takes anywhere from 7-10 days.
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Ok. I was able to get the fish out of the tank and into a small quarantine i have set up with main tank water. I will do several gravel vacs within the next few days but im really hoping I caught this soon enough. It was a group of black neon tetras i bought from petsmart that showed signs of it. I have salt and seacham's Paragaurd coming in the mail tomorrow so i will dose salt, raise temp and paragaurd my quarentine tank and hope for the best.
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Now you got ich in both tanks so you'll have to treat both
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Should i not have moved the fish with signs of ich into quarantine? That is a bare tank with 2 simple decors for fish to hide in. So that tank will be easy.
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Now you got ich in both tanks so you'll have to treat both
Yep.

I've done heat/salt with success, but the temp needs to be at least 86. I found that dosing Kordon Rid Ich Plus was much easier and effective.
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When I had ich in my tanks I only ever treated it with heat (I have sensitive fish and inverts) plenty of pwc and lots of added oxygen due to the heat. Never had any losses.
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I've done heat/salt with success, but the temp needs to be at least 86. I found that dosing Kordon Rid Ich Plus was much easier and effective.
86 speeds up the life cycle of ich but will also hammer his plants. 82 degrees is fine, it will just take a little longer to rid the tank of ich. Kordon's does work good but I've never tried it with live plants to know if it damages them or not.
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Should i not have moved the fish with signs of ich into quarantine? That is a bare tank with 2 simple decors for fish to hide in. So that tank will be easy.
I would have just fixed the problem in your main tank. You still have to rid your main tank of ich because the parasite is in it.
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86 speeds up the life cycle of ich but will also hammer his plants. 82 degrees is fine, it will just take a little longer to rid the tank of ich. Kordon's does work good but I've never tried it with live plants to know if it damages them or not.
Nah...no damage to plants at all when I used it in my planted goldfish tank.
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