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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:59 pm 
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Location: Somerville
It's been so long since I've had any illnesses, I've forgotten what works on ich that is safe for plants and snails...

I stupidly put a new fish directly into my 125 (NEVER EVER EVER do that!), and subsequently lost half my fish within 2 days. Now the remaining tetras (cardinals and rummynose) have a really bad case of ich.

I can't catch them (the tank is heavily planted), and I have a very healthy and huge population of MTS in the sand/gravel, so what can I use to treat the tank that won't kill the plants and snails?

Obviously less expensive is better... treating 125 gallons is rough!

Thanks for any advice...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:45 pm 
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Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:02 pm
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I had a problem about a month and a half ago. I used Kordon "Ich Attack". It was an herbal organic solution. It stopped it in less than 24 hours. The label doesn't say anything about plants and snails but it says it is safe for reef tanks and live rock.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:14 am 
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It's been a long time since I've had a major ich infection but in the past I have successfully used a no medication regimen of raising the tank temperature and doing frequent (daily or twice daily) water changes. The thought process behind this is that the higher temperature speeds up the life cycle of the parasite, the water changes remove free floating parasites to prevent re-infection AND improve water quality. The fish do the rest. It's a fair amount of work but it is plant and snail friendly.

Good luck

Diana
Beverly, MA


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:27 am 
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I love chem-free treatments (or should I say nature and biology-pro treatments?)!

That's essentially what I did... big water change, good food, etc, and the fish are all better. :)

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:06 am 
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Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:56 pm
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Location: Whitman, MA
I had ich in my planted 55 recently. I kicked up the temp to 90F for 12 days, and ich was GOOOONE. Cardinals, bleeding hearts, apistos etc.


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