Originally Posted by Solarris
Definitely ich. I've now noticed it on my pleco.
I've started raising the temp, hopefully it won't be too high to harm the fish. Next I guess I need to add salt. How much salt should I add to a 55 gallon tank??? I'm really worried about my little friends! Any help would definitely be appreciated.
I've heard it at about 3-4 teaspoons per gallon. So between 165 and 220 teaspoons for your tank!
Don't add it directly to the tank, take some water out on the tank in a jug and put the salt into there, make sure it's all fully dissolved, and then start adding the salt in little bit my little bit over 2 days.
Keep in mind that salt does not dissapate or evaporate so any salt you put in will stay there until you take it out with water changes. But also any water changes you do, make sure the replacement water is dosed up too.
Leave for a maximum of around 2 weeks, from all I've read the fish will either be cured, or dead, by then. But if the fish lose their spots, *this* is the critical time when you need the salt, so make sure the salt stays in there about 3 days after the last spots are gone.
After that you can do some big water changes to bring the salt levels down again.