UV sterilizer is effective and safe for all the things in a tank.How does one treat for ich in a planted tank? The most common method for treating ich is to raise temperature and add salt but the salt isn't good for plants. Is there any way besides having to remove all the plants? Thanks.
Malachite green is NOT a recommended treatment for Ich. From "Ichthyophthirius Multifiliis (White Spot) Infections in Fish":I used to have some malachite green drops. Very concentrated (1 drop per gallon) and didn't contain the formalin that most ick meds also contain.
Repeating Ich outbreaks may indicate problem with the environment or maintenance. From "Ich (White Spot Disease)":Used it in my planted tanks many times without problems, and it always took care of the ick. No good for shrimp though, since malachite green is copper-based.
Every ich outbreak I've had was after the purchase of a new fish.Repeating Ich outbreaks may indicate problem with the environment or maintenance.
I had an outbreak awhile back. I used the heat method, raised to about 86-88 for 2 weeks. I also used quick cure at the same time for maybe a week. All fish and plants survived. I used the quick cure at half does though because I had tetras and catfish.Thanks for the replies. I have a bottle of quick cure. Does anyone have experience with that in planted tanks? If not I'll try one of the methods above.
Ich outbreak is often triggered by fish stress due to improper handling or environment.Every ich outbreak I've had was after the purchase of a new fish.
Being the most common chemical in use does not mean it is the best one to use.