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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2015, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question on Ick treatment

I have Ick in one of my tanks. I am treating with Kordon Ick Attack. I did raise the water temp some but after searching here it wasn't as high as recommended. I have an angel fish,black skirt tetras,panda garras and kulhi loaches in this tank. Also some Nerite snails. Will the loaches and garras tolerate the higher temps?

So far I have lost 1 loach and 2 tetras.
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If you are using medication, I would leave the temperature as it is.

If you are using heat alone to kill ich, you have raise it above the level they can reproduce. (Which is 86F, I think.)

But if you're using medication, raising the temp that high may stress the fish when they are already stressed by the meds. Higher temperature means less oxygen in the water, and their gills may be already damaged by ich.
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I'm under the understanding that 86 degrees or more actually kills ich. That being said, you still want to increase the life cycle of the parasite to kill it quicker. So I would still raise the temperature, just not as high. 80-82 degrees maybe?
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All the fish you list ought to be OK with warmer temps for a short time. As suggested above, oxygen is lower at warmer temps. Add a power head or bubbler, or raise the outlet of the filter for more surface agitation, better oxygenation. If the fish are piping or hovering at the surface, lower the temperature a degree or so.
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Thanks. Im in that 80-82 range now.
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