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Old 01-31-2020, 09:52 PM
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Beautiful tank. It was fun to read through it all. Sorry for the outbreak and I'm glad you've conquered it.
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Old 01-31-2020, 10:02 PM
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I think I've said this before, but a tank like yours with stocking like yours has been my dream since the age of about 8.

So sorry to (belatedly) hear about your losses, but it's looking wonderful now.
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Old 01-31-2020, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, it is a reminder that Ich will travel on plants.
Id heard that but hadnt experienced it before, myself. I am now a believer!


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Old 02-01-2020, 04:53 AM
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So far, so good- no deaths. But, three or four of the alestopetrsius brichardi ( Congo tetras) are covered with Ich from top to tail. Of all the fish, these are the most affected. Of course my most expensive tetras.

I am seeing some red as well on various fish where the parasite has introduced bacteria where they are feeding. Debating on adding kanamycin to mix to stop that bacteria from spreading.

Will also lower temp 2 degrees ( Its setting at 80 degrees right now, the normal temp for this tank) to slow down bacterial spread. Yes, I know, they often say to raise temperature for Ich to hasten life-cycle but this does not provide the whole story. Sure, the parasite may complete its cycle earlier, but bacteria will do its job much more effectively as well at a higher temperature. The fish now not only having to deal with a parasite, but a quickly spreading bacterial infection. Many times it is not the parasite that feeds on the fish that kills it, but the secondary bacterial infection.

Today's plan:
Re-dosed the Paraguard this morning.
Water change later with gravel vac and will then add back Paraguard took out through water change. Also, will evaluate after water change if kanamycin is needed. First cup of coffee hasn't done its job yet- only one eye open.
Sorry to hear about the outbreak. I've dealt with Ich in the past with the raising the temperature trick which has worked for me. At the time I had a posse of glass cats that I was afraid would be poisoned by treating the tank too aggressively. Always a white knuckle ordeal, happy your on the other side.
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