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Old 01-18-2004, 11:30 PM   #1
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Confused about Ich - which treatment??

Well, it was going so well: new 72g bowfront, 3 inches of flourite put in two weeks ago, 20+ live plants planted last Tuesday, fish added with 3 oz bio-spira on last wednesday. Lost a few neons and serpae to start (came from one source shipped, possible stress) but all others from my old tank and the other sources were doing fine. 78F, 7.6 ph, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10 nitrate. Then I noticed a red-eye with a half dozen ich spots this evening......

Now I'm confused about which treatment to use with my setup, even after reading this and other forums, as well as several faqs.

Here are the tank inhabitants:

20+ live plants
1 2.5" gold nugget pleco
5 1.5" clown loaches
4 albino cories (1 full grown, 3 babies)
2 1.5" otos
3 neon tetras
8 glo-light tetras
8 red-eye tetras
3 sword tails
3 platies
8 guppies
a few guppy fry (one of the guppy ladies REALLY liked the new tank! )

I'm assuming that salt would kill the plants as well as the cories, so that is out. Rid-ich+ or just heat to 88F????

Thanks in advance,

Frank
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All your fish can handle the high temps needed for the heat treatment. You may want to start there as scaleless fish can be sensitive to the poisons used in the ich meds, and the ones made for scaleless fish actually have a reduced amount of meds in em which means tx can take longer. Also, the heat treatment won't kill off your bacterial colonies. The plants will likely not be happy no matter what treatment you use.
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