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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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Rid ich + question

Ive got some black neons that i got at petco that broke out in ich... big surprise.. anyway, i decided to give rid ich + a shot instead of salt and heat on these guys... after 2 days... so far nothing, i think they have more spots.. none of my other fish have any on them.. just the black neons.... ive got no carbon in my filter or anything.. what im wondering is how long should the water stay blue after i pour the junk in? cause it only stays blue for 15 min or so then it is crystal clear again... is that normal? does rid ich take a couple days for any effects or should i just give up and try the salt heat and risk killing my black neons as well as my perfectly healthy neons?
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the heat isn't an option on it. you need to increase it anyway once you see ich... doesn't it say that on the bottle, can't remember?

why do you think it will risk killing the neons? 85f is not too hot for them. I have kept them at 88f no problem when I had Dsicus. You can keep them with FW Salt 24/7 and it will only benefit them.

hopefully this works out for you. keep us updated.

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im not worried about the heat, although they don't like higher heat, im more worried about the salt, since most tetras can't tolerate it very well... and from what ive read you aren't supposed to turn up the temp for rid ich... some crap about how the chemicals work and it would give the fish even more problems with breathing... anyway, i posted this before the site went down and since then ive got some progress, as of this morning there are only a few spots on the black neons instead of them being completely covered...
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No medication or treatment can kill ich when it is showing up as encrusted white spots on your fish. The only stage in which ich can be killed is in their free swimming stage when they're looking for a host. If you are following the directions exactly, just keep treating according to the instructions.

Also, if you introduce the salt slowly enough and acclimate them to it, it shouldn't be that stressful on them. I treated it that way a while ago when I had pristella tetras and 5 months later, they're perfectly healthy.

Some other info that I'm not sure applies to medicated versions of ridding ich is that you have to keep up treatment for 7 days AFTER seeing the last white crust fall because during their life cycle, they will be born (in the crust), fall to the ground still in the crust and protected, and finally be born and break the crust to swim in the water and find a host. This whole process happens in days, though the speed at which this happens will be increased if the temp is higher. Seven days is a good enough number to catch them all in their free swimming stage and leave a few days extra just in case. It is important to do it right the first time and make sure you kill them all because one can become 200 in only a few days. If you do it right the first time, they will never come back, unless the tank is reinfected from a tank that is already infected.
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