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Water changes with Ich?

I've heard different things from different people. What do you guys think about changing the water in a tank that has ich. I have been treating with Temp, Meds, and salt for about 5days now.
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Daily. And I don't mess with meds or salt. I wouldn't mix meds and salt, either. They both do basically the same thing. I just stick with heat (86) and I'm usually good. Meds are a waste of money, to me, as I've lost fish 100% of the time that I've used them. With heat only I've only lost fish once or twice (out of 10+ times treating it, and no fish in the last 5 times).

But, daily water changes will keep the fish happy and the ick levels low.

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Daily. And I don't mess with meds or salt. I wouldn't mix meds and salt, either. They both do basically the same thing. I just stick with heat (86) and I'm usually good. Meds are a waste of money, to me, as I've lost fish 100% of the time that I've used them. With heat only I've only lost fish once or twice (out of 10+ times treating it, and no fish in the last 5 times).

But, daily water changes will keep the fish happy and the ick levels low.
I agree, but I'd raise the temperature a couple more degrees to 88. That way, if the temp drops a bit (perhaps a particularly cold night) the ich won't re-estabish. The more water changes, the better, just be sure what you add in is at least 86 degrees.

I'm fairly experienced with fish, but new to planted tanks.
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Be especially thorough to vacuum the floor of the tank. This will remove a lot of the Ich that lands on the bottom to reproduce.
When you do water changes dose the salt based on the amount of new water.
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