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Old 03-18-2020, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am pretty new to this and now I am experiencing Ich. I just lost all of my Glofish. I have 2 Clown Plecos left (whom I'm pretty sure introduced the ich into the tank). The Plecos are still covered with the white parasites and from what I am reading they need to go through their cycle and fall off. I've been treating by adding aquarium salt, and changing out 20% of the water every 24 hours. I also have been using Imagitarium Parasite Remedy. I turned up the temp in the heater and that's at 84 degrees. I'm just wondering how I go about making sure I get all of the Ich out of my tank once it falls off the Plecos? I don't want to reinfect them if they do survive. Would it help if I moved the 2 Plecos to a smaller tank (all I have is a 2 gallon Beta bowl that I would be able to use) and treat them in that until the parasite falls off? In the meantime I could also be cleaning out the other tank. Or is that not the best way to go about this?

I know why the Glofish got sick. My water quality wasn't great and it took me a long time and a lot of reading to get it where it is now. I was having problems with brown algea for a while but I finally got my water figured out and the brown algea cleared up a few weeks ago. So I am sure the Glofish were stressed then I put the Plecos in the tank whom I'm pretty sure also brought the Ich 😕😔
I also want to add that all I have in my area is 1 Petco. And not a very good one at that. No fish stores, no pet stores. Nothing. So unless I can order something online I am forced to buy it from there.
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Petco should sell meds for ich. It's easy to take care of if you apply meds, something like Kordon Ich-Attack for Fresh & Saltwater Aquariums.

I would buy regular fish and not GloFish(TM). I don't think they're very healthy fish.
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Welcome to APC! Sorry you have ich problems, something aquarium fish have experienced longer than I have been following this hobby - I'm in my 80's, so that is quite a while. I have been very lucky and haven't had to face that problem.
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Don't move the fish. My experience w sick fish is that when I moved them they died. Continue salt, ich med and water changes weekly.
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The cycle is that ich falls off and the eggs stay in the substrate until they hatch into microscopic swimming parasites and attach onto your fish, you donít see them until they get to the stage of being large enough to fall off again. Eggs arenít susceptible to medicine so tank has to be medicated while they are free swimming and invisible. And I think the cycle is about 2 weeks. Increasing temp speeds up the cycle. So you have to medicate until your fish are clear for two weeks, and do lots of gravel vac to get eggs out of the substrate.


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Ok here's the deal. Everyone has there own way to deal with this. The way I have ever dealt with this is extra salt in the water and kick up the heat to like 79f. Sat water ich cant live in freshwater and vice vers. drop an air stone in the water if you like because the warmer the water the less O2 in has. Espeshily at night when your plants are no longer photosynthesizing. I would to a but tun of water changes or you will recycle your tank. The fish get ich from stress so by recycling your you add more stress.
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