I have been overly broken into the hobby by the evil Fish disease god who likes to torment newbies
My two new swords both have develped ich (I believe from being overly stressed as they were shipped in the morning I got them) about two days after I put them in the main tank. I've been treating with Quick Cure after consulting with my lfs
, and she told me not to worry about taking out the carbon in my filter baskets and in my pads (I have Penguin 330). It also says this on aquariumfish.net. I've been adding one drop per gallon (55 in all) for about four days now...but the ich seems to be getting worse on them. They have about 5-8 crystals on each and are rubbing against the side of the tank. Luckily it hasn't spread to my seven zebra danios yet, but I've just noticed one is starting to itch itself.
I know that Quick Cure is supposed to turn the water blue, but how long is it supposed to stay blue? Mine stays blue for about 20 minutes, maybe this is an indication it isn't working? Maybe I should ignore what my lfs
said and take out the carbon? I realize it says this on the bottle, but she said since I also just added Turbostart that I shouldn't take it out.
I also plan on raising the temp slowly to about 86, I just have two female swords and 7 zebras, so I'm assuming that wouldn't hurt anyone? I'll also add salt, but I keep getting different answers on how much.