Hello, I'm new to aquariums, and I would like to know how my tank got Ich so that I can avoid repeating mistakes.
I have a 55 gallon tank that is about 3 months old.
It is a community tank, but also has a figure eight puffer. The fig8 was biting fins, so I decided to give him his own tank.
I already had a ten gallon that should have just completed cycling, that I just populated with all live plants.
I put the puffer in this tank, but he didn't seem to like it much. He tried to "break through the glass" for a long time, and at first he ate okay, but then stopped eating as much and developed ich.
I very stupidly put the puffer back in the 55gal because of these symptoms thinking that something was wrong with the 10gal, and I was right but that infected my 55gal.
My question is, how did the ten gallon get ich? Could it have been carried on the live plants from the LFS
? I had other fish in there even with the plants that didn't get the ich before I put the puffer in.
Also, do I have to take all the plants out of the 10gal to treat it?