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Unhappy How far can I push up the temp for ich treatment?

I'm so pissed at myself for letting this happen - my 2 favorite angelfish in the 90 gallon have ich and I assume the other 5 probably already have it as well. It's early stages, they're acting normal and I don't see labored breathing so treatment has good odds of working. The tank is kept clean with regular water changes and has lots of plants and an oversized filter but where I dropped the ball was temperature. I got a new job in September and have been traveling out of state every week since then. A friend is taking care of fish feeding but I'm still doing the maintenance. As soon as I saw a trophont stuck to my favorite male I checked the temperature and it was only 74 during the day so it's probably been 71 or lower at night I have no idea how long the temp has been inappropriate but I'm sure it's been a few weeks at least.

I think the most straightforward option is to treat the whole tank. How far can I increase the temp without stressing out plants and amano shrimp? I know the angels could handle mid-80's for the time it takes to treat the ich but not sure if that's going to cause other issues for the rest of the tank. There's an ancistrus pleco in there too.

These specific angelfish are my #1 priority (they're my best future breeding stock) so if I have to sacrifice something else to treat them I will, I'd just rather know going into it.

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Make sure you have an air pump. I've pushed 90 for my guppies and tetras when I had ich before. Don't just raise it that high, raise it steadily.

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I'm so pissed at myself for letting this happen - my 2 favorite angelfish in the 90 gallon have ich and I assume the other 5 probably already have it as well. It's early stages, they're acting normal and I don't see labored breathing so treatment has good odds of working. The tank is kept clean with regular water changes and has lots of plants and an oversized filter but where I dropped the ball was temperature. I got a new job in September and have been traveling out of state every week since then. A friend is taking care of fish feeding but I'm still doing the maintenance. As soon as I saw a trophont stuck to my favorite male I checked the temperature and it was only 74 during the day so it's probably been 71 or lower at night I have no idea how long the temp has been inappropriate but I'm sure it's been a few weeks at least.

I think the most straightforward option is to treat the whole tank. How far can I increase the temp without stressing out plants and amano shrimp? I know the angels could handle mid-80's for the time it takes to treat the ich but not sure if that's going to cause other issues for the rest of the tank. There's an ancistrus pleco in there too.

These specific angelfish are my #1 priority (they're my best future breeding stock) so if I have to sacrifice something else to treat them I will, I'd just rather know going into it.
When is the last time you put plants, fish, or inverts into this tank?


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When is the last time you put plants, fish, or inverts into this tank?
It's been several months. The pleco was added in June. The angels were added in April and the plants/snails/shrimp were added last March. I haven't bought any new livestock or plants for that tank since the pleco and I don't use the same equipment between tanks so cross-contamination is pretty unlikely.

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Make sure you have an air pump. I've pushed 90 for my guppies and tetras when I had ich before. Don't just raise it that high, raise it steadily.
Bump: Thanks, I've been raising it a degree every few hours since last night and I put an air-powered sponge filter in for extra aeration.

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It's been several months. The pleco was added in June. The angels were added in April and the plants/snails/shrimp were added last March. I haven't bought any new livestock or plants for that tank since the pleco and I don't use the same equipment between tanks so cross-contamination is pretty unlikely.


Bump: Thanks, I've been raising it a degree every few hours since last night and I put an air-powered sponge filter in for extra aeration.
Then I doubt its Ich.


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You could try treating with salt and Ich-X. I think the ratio is 1 cup/20 gallons of salt (not marine salt), and after a week if the ich isn't gone, increase the amount of salt. The salt will probably kill your plants though.
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It's been several months. The pleco was added in June. The angels were added in April and the plants/snails/shrimp were added last March. I haven't bought any new livestock or plants for that tank since the pleco and I don't use the same equipment between tanks so cross-contamination is pretty unlikely.


Bump: Thanks, I've been raising it a degree every few hours since last night and I put an air-powered sponge filter in for extra aeration.
How did this treatment go?


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