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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry if this is reposting, my last post about this disappeared (as far as I can tell) I need help with dealing with an ich infection in my tank, it's killed all of my ghost shrimp a cory cat and is now on my phantom tetras. What should I do to get rid of it? I just did a 50% water change but should I go get chemicals? If it helps I recently started using a new fish food, would that change anything?
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I use an invert safe, plant safe chemical called Herbtana. It takes a little longer because it is all natural but i have had good experiences. The cause could be any number of things.
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Can you get it at any regular pet store? I'd like to start treating as soon as possible
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Crank the heat up to 88 degrees F (for a couple weeks) and dose whatever medication if you'd like. Also, there's a method that involves filling a bucket or hospital tank with water, adding aquarium salt (forget the amount I think it's 1 tablespoon per gallon but don't quote me on that) and one by one giving your infected fish a salt bath in that solution. You can literally see the Ich back out of the host body.

As for the increased heat, that speeds up the life cycle of Ich and promotes the infection to leave the host body much faster (within a couple days). The reason you should leave the heat so high for a couple weeks is to insure that the Ich don't reproduce once they exit the host as they don't have the ability to do so in such high temperatures.

Good luck, hope this helps.
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