issues, parasites, uv questions
I've been on this site for a while now, but this is my first post. I've been running a 10 gallon planted tank for the last year, and it was doing wonderfully. So wonderfully that I decided to move up to a 60 gallon a month ago. I transplanted all the same plants, livestock, filter, everything- in addition to adding a new filter & heater sized for the new 60 gallon size difference (so its running 2 filters- the original one that was on the 10 g and now the new big one for the 60 g). I closely monitored parameters, expected a mini cycle, and once everything was stable at 0 ammonia, zero nitrite, and zero nitrate with ph 7.4 and temp at 76, I slowly started adding some new fish.
This is where I got stupid and added one dwarf gourami 5 days ago without quarantine first. The next day I saw a white spot on the base of his tail. I was hesitant in calling this "ich", and decided to wait and see if having a large tank full of plants, happy tankmates, excellent water quality, and great food twice a day would boost his immune system enough to make it a non-issue. Well, the white spot on him has not multiplied, but I did notice yesterday that one of my rams has a whitish spot on the end of his tail now that concerns me enough to want to go ahead and treat the entire tank because I'm scared of a serious issue on the horizon.
My tank has snails, shrimp, multiple fish species, and a variety of live plants. The water is 76 degrees, with zero ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates close to zero. My plan is to use Kordon Ich Attack as a safe treatment for both mild ich and whatever the whitish area on my ram's tail may be. I don't want to take chances!
This is my first time ever medicating a fully planted tank- I don't want to hurt the plants OR the livestock. My question is, has anyone ever tried do-it-yourself UV lights as a prevention measure for parasites? I know they sell aquarium specific uv filters, but they also sell UV lights for a wide variety of other applications, like cleaning air, hardening manicures, and things like that. Would the UV light from one of those sources be sufficient to kill parasites if it was left pointing over the water such as if I took the filter hood off and let it sit over the water in the filer before it gets to my biological filtration (which I don't want to kill)? I'm basically hoping for an inexpensive way to help treat everyone in my tank without hurting anyone.
Should I raise my temperature also? I'm not sure how high temps affect plants but I know they speed up the life cycle of ich. Mostly I have a variety of amazons and crypts that have always thrived for me. Any other advice is certainly welcome! And yes, I have learned my lesson on quarantine.