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Old 02-28-2020, 11:19 PM   #1
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Ich and invertibrates

I have a 40 gallon tank 36×16×18 and ive noticed the two of my fish have white spots on their fins as well as by their gills. Looking closely at the frint of the tank I also have seen white spots on the glass too. Ive had the set up for about 5 weeks and have done 2 Cycles as my ammonia was high in my 4th week. Now my main problem is that I have invertebrates in my tank and i know most medications that have copper in them will hurt or even kill them, So what are some treatments i can do to help?
7 Green tiger barbs(1 Sick)
4 Balloon Mollies(1 Sick)
1 Rainbow Shark
1 Pearl Gourami
2 Mystery Snails
1 Fiddled Crab
2 Asain Gold Clams
A few ghost shrimp(Not too worried about them. I just put them in there as a tester to see if i could keep more expensive shrimp like Chrerry or Bamboo)

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Paraguard is advertised as working for ich and I’ve used it for another purpose safely in shrimp and snails. I don’t have clams so I’m not 100% sure if they’d be different.

Some people also find that heat and salt treatments along with clean water are sufficient to clear up ich.

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Old 02-29-2020, 01:04 PM   #3
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Hello Nomad...

You can put chemicals in the tank, but you don't know how your fish will react to something foreign in their water. I really wouldn't do it. You need to clean up the water, so start removing and replacing half the water a couple of times a week and add a couple of teaspoons of standard aquarium to every five gallons of the new, treated tap water. Do a thorough job of vacuuming the bottom material when you change out the water. Reduce what you feed to a little every couple of days. You can follow these steps until you see improvement in the fish. Once the fish recover, I would change at least half the water weekly for as long as you keep the fish.

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Old 03-23-2020, 12:19 PM   #4
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Thanks For the tips

Reporting about a month later and it seems to have cleared up. I think it was just some stress ich as I did 50% water changes once a week since then and reduced feeding to every 2 days. I did lose 1 Green tiger barb, and 1 of my mystery snails, through I'm not sure if it was water conditions or my Fiddler, but all in all no more ich.
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