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Kuhli's 90F Temp QT

Got 13 kuhlis in qt, first time doing the heat treatment. Turned temp up from 80-84 for 2 days, now temp shot up to 90 within an hour. It's a 200W heater in a 5G tank so it's really hard to calibrate it. I want to preventative treat for ich, was wondering if they'd be fine for 10 days in 90F water, or should I shorten the high temps, or lower it overall.
Edit: I noticed something in the water column swimming, looks like a bunch of newly hatched artemia brine shrimp in panic. Surely, it's not a brine shrimp, what else could it be? @Discusluv

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I realize that your hoping to prevent an Ich outbreak in your tank ( and that thinking is very good) , but the 90 degrees temperature is going to do more harm than good. Stressing the fish unnecessarily. Stress of fish is what we dont want- it opens the fish up to many other diseases besides Ich- primarily bacterial infections.
I would turn down the heat to 80 degrees and if Ich parasite is present it will show itself within 3 days at this temperature. The parasites life-cycle is very rapid, completing the entire cycle within 5-7 days ( again, at this temperature).

The best thing you can do while fish in quarantine is to keep water very,very clean, feed high quality foods, and watch.

I am sure that what you are seeing in water column is harmless. The harmful worms/nematodes etc... are primarily not visible to naked eye. Might be planaria, which feeds on excess uneaten food and occurs in tanks that are not routinely maintained: water changes, filter cleanings, substrate vacuuming.

Internal worms like flatworms will usually fall from the fish onto the gravel, and can be seen, but do not float around in mass in water column. External worms, like thorny headed worms or anchor worms will be attached to the fish.

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Ok. Thankfully I've never had ich, and I QT for 3 months. Will the ich still show without 3 months if the fish aren't stressed? I know you said within 3 days, but I've had them in QT for 3 weeks now, and I see a few white spots, but not sure what it is since they're too skinny to really tell. I'll turn the temp down tomorrow I guess. Also, the stuff that's swimming is definitely not planaria. It's about 1mm long and moves like a newly hatched brine shrimp. Thanks @Discusluv
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Not Ich unless you accidentally cross-contaminated with another tank.

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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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