Clown loaches with ich?

dlevesque1

Hello,

Recently added some clown loaches to my tank about a week ago. Today I started to notice they were rubbing against the rocks and these little white spots started to develop. I'm really fearing that it is ich my tank has been fully stocked now for about 2 weeks after I spent a month treating the water and getting it to the right place.

What should I do???

No other fish in the tank is experiencing symptoms or developing white spots. However I have noticed a little bit of rubbing, but that's about it. I don't have room for a QT tank so I was wondering if a fishbowl would be sufficient for 2 small clown loaches. Since this is in my main tank should I even bother with a QT tank or just treat the whole thing.

Currently, I'm raising the heat up to around 86 degrees, I've read online that will help reduce the chance of spreading. I'm not really sure I haven't dealt with ich before.
 

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awilkinson871

Ick looks like grains of salt on the body and fins. The heat method is one of the best because some medications are iffy with scale less fish and invertebrates. Ick is just something that pops up when the immune system is compromised due to stress, injury, or illness. Add an additional airstone because heat makes it harder to absorb oxygen. Vacuum the substrate 2-3 times a week to get up the ick that falls to the bottom to reproduce. The heat will need to stay up for 2-3 weeks. Do the entire main tank as if one fish has it they all can.
 

dlevesque1

Ick looks like grains of salt on the body and fins. The heat method is one of the best because some medications are iffy with scale less fish and invertebrates. Ick is just something that pops up when the immune system is compromised due to stress, injury, or illness. Add an additional airstone because heat makes it harder to absorb oxygen. Vacuum the substrate 2-3 times a week to get up the ick that falls to the bottom to reproduce. The heat will need to stay up for 2-3 weeks. Do the entire main tank as if one fish has it they all can.
Okay, what do you recommend for vacuuming a sand substrate? Whenever I try lots of sand gets sucked up as well.
 

awilkinson871

I have sand. I vacuum into a bucket, empty the water, and pour the sand back in the tank. Ich will fall off the fish, reproduce in the substrate and then rise in bigger numbers and attach to even more fish. The more you remove from the gravel the less there are to attack the fish.
 

dlevesque1

I have sand. I vacuum into a bucket, empty the water, and pour the sand back in the tank. Ich will fall off the fish, reproduce in the substrate and then rise in bigger numbers and attach to even more fish. The more you remove from the gravel the less there are to attack the fish.
Does it look like anything in particular in the substrate? What should I be looking out for?
 

awilkinson871

You will never even see it. They are tiny little parasites. They actually burrow into the fish skin and what we see as salt granules are actually the slime coat over the parasite trying to protect the fish. The thought is that fish often have ick in their gills at all times but the immune system stops it from being an issue until there is stress, injury, or illness.
 

dlevesque1

I think I am having issues with my heater, last night I had the water to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Now in the morning I’m down to 85 and dropping. What gives?? I have a 300 watt heater and it shouldn’t be a problem. Tank size is 60 gallons.
 

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