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partobe 11-15-2012 09:28 PM

treating ick with heat. should i turm my co2 off?
Hi everyone. I have a 40 on tank and I think one of my fish may have ick. I only see one spot on his side but he's not swimming like he use to do. I was going to turn the heat up to 85 for a week. Should I turn off my co2 while the heat is turned up? I have a open top tank

cprash 11-15-2012 09:32 PM

There is less dissolved oxygen at higher temperatures, so you might want to turn down the co2, if not stop it completely. It is of course, best to quarantine the fish to medicate it. Regardless of what you do, just remember that quick changes that stress your fish will make them more susceptible to ich.

partobe 11-15-2012 09:54 PM

thanks Calvin Ive been slowly been bringing the heat up over the past 2 days. Ill turn the co2 way down

aokashi 11-15-2012 10:12 PM

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go 86F :)

partobe 11-15-2012 10:15 PM

thanks aokashi will do

JoraaŃ 11-15-2012 10:19 PM


Originally Posted by partobe (Post 2079872)
thanks Calvin Ive been slowly been bringing the heat up over the past 2 days. Ill turn the co2 way down

Wrong way..heat up co2 need to go up as well, unless you dont care about the plants. If you use Kordon Ich-Attack you dont need to play with heat and co2.

wkndracer 11-15-2012 10:26 PM

is this the same tank?

Crob5965 11-15-2012 10:31 PM

I would do at least 85 I put mine at 88-90 for about 2 weeks
I dont treat with C02 but I did continue to use glutaraldehyde 2.5%
and had no issues
but I also keep my tanks at 85-86 year round

partobe 11-15-2012 10:44 PM

thanks Ill run over to petland discount tomorrow and see if they have it. Ill leave the co2 the way it is until I see if they have the meds I just hate to put meds in my tank.
Thanks wkndracer yes its the same tank minus the shrimp but I do have one snail.
Thanks Crob5965 I thought the higher temps were bad for the plants?

partobe 11-15-2012 11:09 PM

called the pld all they have is quick cure?

wkndracer 11-15-2012 11:33 PM
read and decide. That's the oldest write up and there are a number of newer ones.
I know you're against meds but removing the snail nothing else is at risk.
The treatment most miss all together is to worm or parasite treat our fish. We treat our dogs, cats, pigs, horses, cows,,, the list is endless. But not our fish. Not anymore for this fish keeper. Ick is a parasite.

I now start internally with all new fish and go from there. Since I started doing that I've eliminated the majority of weird things folks post about, including Ick.

Fish, plant and shrimp safe.


partobe 11-15-2012 11:39 PM

thanks wkndracer I didnt think of it that way but its true we do treat all our pets except our fish. I will read the link you sent me and Ill go with the quick cure and leave the co2 as is Ill also raise the temp up to 86 and hopefully things will clear up

aokashi 11-16-2012 12:32 AM

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I always though quick cure was not plant safe. go temp method first anyway, as I found the effective dosage of ich attack to be about 4x the recommended on the label three times a day. that's a loooottt.

szenic 11-16-2012 12:48 AM

I used quick cure in my planted tank before and they all lived, though it may depend what kinds of plants you have?

Crob5965 11-19-2012 12:11 AM

I used the AP QuIck cure only issue I had was it stained the silicone in the corners of my tank a little but I guess I could have quarantined the fish but I wanted to make sure I treated all the fish

my tank was pretty heavily planted at the time and I had no issues
since then I have kept my tank temp at 85-86

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