My Ich Strategy...will it work?
I have a planted tank and noticed ich on my tetras. I have a betta, 5 cardinal tetras, 7 black neons, 3 snails, 4 african dwarf frogs, and a cherry shrimp with lots of plants in a 29 gallon. As the frogs, snails, and shrimp don't get ich I've kept them in the display tank and moved the tetras and bettas to my 10 gallon quarantine tank that I'm treating with API Super Ick Cure. I've read that this stuff shouldn't harm my plants but I see a lot of broscience online and don't want to risk it. In the display tank I've cranked up the heat to about 85/86 in the hopes that the ich's life cycle will be accelerated and will die without a host. The remaining wildlife seem to be ok with the higher temps, for now at least. I started this process on Monday.
I am kind of doubting my strategy though. Should I treat the display tank with the ich cure too or should the higher temps, accelerated life cycle, and lack of hosts kill the ich and if so, how long should that take? I've read it can take up to 72 days. While the fish in the quarantine tank can stay there indefinitely, obviously I'd like to get them back into the display tank as soon as possible but I don't want to get ahead of myself and start this mess all over again. I'm also concerned about the snails, frogs, and shrimp having to live in water that warm for that long. I'm considering easing the temperature back down to it's usual 76-78 degrees in a couple of days.