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Old 04-15-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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Ok to treat ich in a planted tank?


I was just wondering if its ok to treat ich in a planted tank or do I have to put the fish in a hospital tank.
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #2
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Yes, it's okay. I've treated ich with salt and/or Kordon Ich Attach along with heat numerous times in planted tank. The plants take a little hit, but bounce back every time.

With ich, like most parasites, you should always treat the whole tank because if it's visibile on one fish, it's probably already in the systems of several others.
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If you can put all the fish in a hospital tank I would do that, keep them in the separate tank for two weeks while performing comprehensive treatment of medicine and increased temperature. With elevated temperature also in the planted tank, but no hosts, the ich will die out and the tank will be safe to return the fish to.

Ich medications containing methylene blue or malachite green will stain silicone, tubing, etc, so avoiding use of those medications in the display tank is wise. They're very effective against ich, thus using them in a separate tank is a good alternative when you can move every single fish out of the display tank.

Maximum success in treating ich means a process of treatments, versus just adding medicine once or twice. This is because of the life cycle process, so you need to hit the tank a couple of times over a time period when using something like Quick-cure. I can't speak to the salt treatment methods, as I have never used those.

From here on out though, perform a minimum two-week quarantine on all incoming fish. This way you can avoid introducing ich to your display tank again.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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I've also used Kordon Ich Attack (100% organic & reaks big time haha) and Mardel Maracide (does contain Malachite Green) with great results. With these 2 solutions, you don't have to take out any carbon that might be used in your filter (if any). Plants did fine.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:17 PM   #5
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I've also used Kordon Ich Attack (100% organic & reaks big time haha)
Smells like ground pepper mixed in apple cider.
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Smells like ground pepper mixed in apple cider.
haha I wouldn't know how that mixture would smell like. I thought it smelled like cola with a hint of nasty.
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I personally thought it smelt kinda garlic-y.
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