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30 year old planted tank

I inherited a planted tank with the original plants that were first put in it 30 years ago. As you can imagine the tank is extremely stable with no problems till now. I made the mistake of adding a fish without quarantining it first. So now my fish have ich. I don't know how to treat them with plants in the tank and I cannot take out all the fish for dips. I read that I should raise my water temps to 86degrees F.

Another question, I have a heater that I haven't used in years and can't remember if it's a totally submersible heater. Its a 150W Neptune. Anyone know?

Also I have a UV sterilizer. Would this be a good idea to use to help kill the ich?
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Use the UV!!! I wouldn't treat the tank, if the fish are valuable enough, pull them out and treat them in a hospital tank. Keep in mind that it takes about 30 days at 75 degrees for a tank to remain fallow to guarantee elimination of all ich spores.
What size is the tank? That heater ideal for about a 30 gallon. What type of fish are in there?

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If you can get a low enough flow (but still maintain a decent turnover rate) through the UV, it will clear up the ich spores without causing any damage to stability.


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Wow a ancient planted tank artifact. What plants does it have in there?
Surely not many because back in the 80s there wasn't much plants going around.

How much fishes are we taking about? and what type?

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Yeah, I'd like to see pictures of said planted tank!

More advise will come when above questions are answered.

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I believe the tank is a 42 gal hex. I have a couple rainbows, kissing fish, red eye tetra, pleco, cat fish, two others cant remember names. The plant is one that I have yet to identify and maybe with the pictures you all can help me with that one. They have extremely thick leaves and grow well under normal florescent lighting. I don't use CO2 either.

The UV sterilizer is large. its rated up to 1500 gph but obviously I would run a much smaller powerhead on it.

Should I be turning up my heat to 86F to help kill the ich?



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30 years old anubias? photos please


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Anubias's are one of my favorite plants along with mosses!


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gah, my slow primitive connection made me miss those pics. sorry. 86F should be fine.


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Man! Those are some nice anubias! I wonder how big the rhizome is.

Makes me wonder about an anubias only tank. Hmmm.

And yeah, that's a rather nasty case of ich. ><;
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I personally would use the UV, as well as salt in the main tank- the ich is in the substrate, so just pulling the fish out to QT won't take care of all the ich...

Here's a great article on ich: http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/docs/health/ich.shtml

I personally use a modified salt dose in planted tanks- 1/2 - 1 tsp per gallon, and raise the temp a degree or 2 per day till I reach around 82F. I treat for at least one week past the last visible signs.

That is an incredible Anubias- fortunately Anubias are one of the plants that are pretty resistant to salt, and can even be acclimated to brackish tanks.





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Check out the old school RUGF in the tank. I bet the plant roots have total inflitrated the UGF. Nice huge Anubias!!
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Check out the old school RUGF in the tank. I bet the plant roots have total inflitrated the UGF. Nice huge Anubias!!
The UGF is like nothing I have ever seen before, the whole thing is backwards, hence RUGF. I didn't know things used to work in that manner. not touching a thing though, the tank is way to established and thriving (minus the ich) to mess with it even though its outdated.

Thanks for all your help everyone!
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