I've spend the last 2-3 hrs reading various threads on treating ICH not only on this forum but other sites as well .. and quite frankly I'm confused about amounts of salt to use & how slowly to ramp up (time frame).
First, I understand the cycles of ICH. I also know about various methods of treating such as Heat, heat/salt, commercial products.
Tanks size 75gal .. fish Bluegill ... water temp 72F. One fish shows signs of 2 white spots. Possibly had 1 spot "fall off" .. does this leave a red mark where it fell from? Or it could be a scrape mark where he ran into the driftwood. Not sure. Did weekly 50% water change yesterday. This is a moderately heavily planted tank.
So wanted to treat with salt ... can't really do heat as this is unheated tank & I don't have heater that can handle 75 gal tank. Will it be possible to treat with salt ONLY?
If yes .. I can treat salt only ..
1) How much salt to start with ?
2) how often can/should I add more .. every 2 hrs? 4 hr? 6hr?
3) What is the final salt amount I want to achieve?
4) can I start with table salt to get the process started until I can get to the store to get kosher or aquarium salt?
5) is the salt treatment safe for
a) Black skirt tetras
Possible reason for outbreak now .. moved 1 fish from a different tank into this one and he's a bit more aggressive than the others so he might have stressed this fish. No new fish or plants. All have been in my tanks for at least 8 months.
I have 4 tanks total of different sizes and try to maintain proper hygiene between them. The one exception is a 10 gal tank which is sort of grow-out/snail tank with no fish which I sometimes will put plants from others tank into it and then when needed, move to a different tank. Possible cross contamination there & maybe not a good idea. So I might need to treat all tanks although the other 2 with fish show no signs of ICK. I can raise temps in 10 & 20 gal tanks so might try heat/salt treatment there.
Thank you for helping to clarify the salt treatment for me. I'd spend more time reading to find answer myself but would really like to get the treatment started soon.