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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-31-2018, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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I have ich in a few fish in my planted tank. The guy at our pet shop says aquarium salt as directed is the best treatment. I have a lot of plants that are doing great and donít want to risk hurting them. Can I safely use aquarium salt at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons of water?? I do not want to risk the plants. I hope showed up after a heater crapped out and temps dropped to mid 60ís about a week ago. Fish are acting good and appear to be inproving only a few cardinal tetras and a German ram are infected right now.

Plants in the tank include, Italian Val, Anubias, bacopa carolinia, broadleaf chain sword, several different crypts, S. Repens, dwarf sag, Brazilian pennywort, ludwigia, and java fern.

Also we are going to increase the temperature to around 82 F to cycle the ich through faster.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-01-2018, 04:15 PM
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I don't know about salt and curious as well, as I've been tempted.
That said, google killing ick with higher water temps. It works well and plants seem to handle it.
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Lower the salt dose. A trace is all that's needed to retard the reproduction of the Ich parasite. Reduce the dose to a rounded teaspoon for every 5 gallons of new, treated tap water. This amount won't affect your plants and your fish still get the benefit of the salt. The good part about dosing a smaller amount is you can do it indefinitely. Make sure you're keeping up with the large, frequent water changes. 50 percent done a couple of times weekly isn't too much. Carefully vacuum the bottom material too. There will be parasites there. Once you see improvement in the fish you can continue dosing the teaspoon of salt and reduce the water changes to 50 percent weekly. You can follow this for the life of the tank.


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