sick of ICH!
ive been treating my 55g comunity for about 8 days now with malachite green and formalyn.
my comunity consists of
2x dwarf guorami
1x perl guorami
10x neon tetras
3x khuli loaches
1x hillstream loach
7x guppies (moved to 10gal for treatment)
and countless guppy fry
i have used the last of the meds this morning and the tetras, 4week fry, and 1 dwarf are showing spots and the otos are scratching.
the guppies i moved have almost cleard up 100% but thats only after loading the aquarium with salt/ich meds.
the problem i have been having is trying to keep everyone happ while treating.
salt in the 55 is a bad idea becuse of the scaleless fish in there (otos, hillstream, tetras, and khulis) also the temp has to stay low (no more than 79)for the hillstream. also i have to treat the comunity with a lower dose of the ich meds so it seems like its not affecting the ich at all in the 55.
so heres my plan
first off im tearing down the 55 soon and removeing the substrait. the comunity will be housed in a 30gal bucket for a fue hours with heat filtration and all my plant. the tank will be hosed out and wiped clean with isoproyal alcihol (if that wont harm my fish).
im replaceing the substrait with play sand since it looks so much beter and the khulis need it. im also replacing my filter media and bleaching filter/heater/airlines to kill any leftover paracites. im going for a 100% water change and along with a substrait change i shold be able to take a bite out of this ich outbreak by doing that.
after the teardown i plan on leaving the plants in the rubermaid and treating them with malachitegreen for 3-4 days just to be on the safe side (after much reserch i found out it sholdnt harm any of my plants). and im also going to contiue treating the comunity with a stronger dose of meds (about 75% of what they suggest for fullsize fish).
im defantly going to get a 40watt uv steralizer on a 5 hour a day timer just to make shure this dosnt happen agan. but i cant afford one ATM.
the khulis started this whole mess! they didnt take to the assimalation even tho i driped tankwater for over an hour and made shure the temps where perfect. i think they didnt like the gravel and that stressed them out soo much they broke out in ich.
is there anything ive missed? anything els i shold or can do?? i cant enjoy my fish at all like this and they cant enjoy life like this ither.