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Old 10-19-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Tips on Cleaning an Aquarium After Ich?

Hello all,
I recently had a really bad outbreak of ich and now my 29 gallon tank is fishless. I would like to re-stock it eventually but I'm scared that the parasite will still be in the tank. Does anyone have experience with this?

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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I'm down to 3 fish due to ick. well out of 4. Still, I hated to lose a clown loach.
My local aquarium guy suggested to remove all substrate (gravel in my case).
I rinsed it several times in hot water and then took it outside to dry under the sun. Will put it back once the ick is gone.
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In a fishless tank ich will die off in I "think" 30 days but look that amount of time up to be sure. You can also turn the heat up to 86 while it's fishless for a week or two and the parasite will die off. IMO you don't need to clean the aquarium. Over the years, the couple times I had to deal with it I never cleaned a tank afterwards.
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Hello all,
I recently had a really bad outbreak of ich and now my 29 gallon tank is fishless. I would like to re-stock it eventually but I'm scared that the parasite will still be in the tank. Does anyone have experience with this?

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It takes ich three to for Weeks to die off if you are testing with chemicals like API super ich cure you have to remove your filter with the carbon
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