Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Hollywood Florida
I got lazy and introduced a single fish (Festivum) into an established moderately planted aquarium with lots of tetras, dojo loaches and trumpet snails (NOTE: no shrimp in the tank) without quarantining first and an outbreak resulted.
Raise and maintain temperature to 84-85 degrees
Added 3 tablespoons of salt per 20 gallons
½ dose Rid Ich Plus
Introduced a 13 watt submersible UV sterilizer
Fed flake and pellets soaked in metronidazole twice daily
25% water change every 48 hours
First week repeat dosages with each water change
Second week, only dose the Rid Ich Plus, no salt with water changes
Third week, reduce Rid Ich Plus dose to ¼ dose (still no salt) with each water change
I am currently in the last week of this treatment with no loss of any fish or plants (anubias, jungle val, crypts), although plant growth has stopped, there has been no melting. Visible spots are all but gone.
Be warned, even if you catch it early, the infestation will intensify ten-fold, even during treatment, before you begin to see any improvement. Important to continue treating for full period to make sure you get all the lingering pests.
Quarantining is the best preventative.
I hope this helps.