Originally Posted by Michael
Looking good! Keep us posted.
1/13/12 did a 60 gallon water change added 8 tsp instant ocean and raised the temp from 74 to 84 fish seem to be unaffected by the salt and temp increase.
1/14/12 did a 14 gallon water change adding another 8 tsp instant ocean kept temp at 84 fish seem unaffected by the additional salt but the crawfish are comming out alot more since the salt and temp increase.
1/15/12 did another 12 gallon water change and added 2 tsp instant ocean, removed the 4 crawfish, removed 6 big cups of the cichlid gravel since it seemed to be too much covering the soil, "burped" the soil and cichlid substrate, water temp is still at 84 degrees, with the temp increased and instant ocean added all the plants seem ok and all fish are acting "normal" and the ich spots are actually gone from all but two of the fish for now. Will keep the tank like this for the next 10 days without doing more water changes but will attempt to get the water temp up to 86 degrees and monitor all fish especially the cardnial tetras for signs of high temperature stress. Since the temp is increased I'll also decrease the time the lights are on hopefully to prevent an alge out break.
1/16/12 water temp is still at 84 degrees and the fish seem fine and there are no more visible ich spots on any of the fish. will continue to monitor the tank for the next 10 days.