How can I treat ich without meds?

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Hope the fish in your tank can survive 86 (I'm guessing they can). Do frequent water changes (and gravel vacs!!) but keep parameters stable, and if you must, add a small amount of aquarium salt. I do not know how much, as I never use salt, but hopefully someone else can add in.
 
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Gel0city said:
Hope the fish in your tank can survive 86 (I'm guessing they can). Do frequent water changes (and gravel vacs!!) but keep parameters stable, and if you must, add a small amount of aquarium salt. I do not know how much, as I never use salt, but hopefully someone else can add in.
Should I do one every 2 days? I don’t want to hurt the plants with the salt . I think they should be fine in 86 as they are all tropical
 

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Ich stopped reproducing at 86 degrees and dies at 88 degrees F. All areas of the tank must reach this temp and it should die. Raise the temp slowly and make sure you add extra oxygenation because the high heat will make the water hold less oxygen. I had to add 3 additional bubblers to my 55 gal when I did mine. Keep an eye on the fish and raise it to 89 if they can take it. Mine did great and I had no deaths.

I also had to get 2 additional heaters to get it that hot. A total of 600 watts for a 55 gal. Get a digital thermometer to check temp
 

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wtusa1783 said:
Should I do one every 2 days? I don’t want to hurt the plants with the salt . I think they should be fine in 86 as they are all tropical
If you can avoid salt, avoid it. Too many without enough water changes can cause gill burns and such. If you raise your temperature and ich disappears, make sure to keep that temp for about 1 week more. This ensures that all ich is dead and you will not have another outbreak.
 
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If you can avoid salt, avoid it. Too many without enough water changes can cause gill burns and such. If you raise your temperature and ich disappears, make sure to keep that temp for about 1 week more. This ensures that all ich is dead and you will not have another outbreak.
Yep. So just the temp should be fine?
 

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Raise temp to 88, let it stay there for 4-5 days, then do a 75% water change. After water change start to lower the temp. back down. Do not add salt with plants.
 
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EmbersToAshes said:
Ich stopped reproducing at 86 degrees and dies at 88 degrees F. All areas of the tank must reach this temp and it should die. Raise the temp slowly and make sure you add extra oxygenation because the high heat will make the water hold less oxygen. I had to add 3 additional bubblers to my 55 gal when I did mine. Keep an eye on the fish and raise it to 89 if they can take it. Mine did great and I had no deaths.

I also had to get 2 additional heaters to get it that hot. A total of 600 watts for a 55 gal. Get a digital thermometer to check temp
I’ve raised the temp but I have a pleco. Will he be fine. Also I have a digital thermometer but it is one the opposite side of the tank. It always is reading under what I set the heater to. Should I move it?

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Raise temp to 88, let it stay there for 4-5 days, then do a 75% water change. After water change start to lower the temp. back down. Do not add salt with plants.
Will my fish be ok? I have angels and dwarf rainbows. Are they fine?
 

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I have 8 different plecos in 1 of my tanks, and they were all fine

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Will my fish be ok? I have angels and dwarf rainbows. Are they fine?
Yes
 
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I have 8 different plecos in 1 of my tanks, and they were all fine
Ok thanks. So 88 for 4 days and a big water change and they should be fine?
 

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wtusa1783 said:
Ok thanks. So 88 for 4 days and a big water change and they should be fine?
That should take care of the ich, that's what I just did in 1 of my tanks. I have a 8 year old Angel that had it on him, thank God no other fish in that tank got it
 
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That should take care of the ich, that's what I just did in 1 of my tanks. I have a 8 year old Angel that had it on him, thank God no other fish in that tank got it
Ok thanks. Where should I put my thermometer? It’s on the opposite side and it’s reading 83 but I put the heater on 86
 

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wtusa1783 said:
Ok thanks. Where should I put my thermometer? It’s on the opposite side and it’s reading 83 but I put the heater on 86
On the opposite end of the heater. Is the heater strong enough to raise the temp? Is the top of the tank covered to keep the heat in?
 

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What type of pleco; majority of pleco actually love warm water but there are a few that prefer things to be cooler. angels should be fine if you raise it slowly don't know anything about rainbows.

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I’ve raised the temp but I have a pleco. Will he be fine. Also I have a digital thermometer but it is one the opposite side of the tank. It always is reading under what I set the heater to. Should I move it?


Will my fish be ok? I have angels and dwarf rainbows. Are they fine?
 
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What type of pleco; majority of pleco actually love warm water but there are a few that prefer things to be cooler. angels should be fine if you raise it slowly don't know anything about rainbows.
Albino bushy nose

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On the opposite end of the heater. Is the heater strong enough to raise the temp? Is the top of the tank covered to keep the heat in?
It is 200 watts for 29 gallons. So just keep it where it is? The whole heater is covered
 

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wtusa1783 said:
Albino bushy nose


It is 200 watts for 29 gallons. So just keep it where it is? The whole heater is covered
Yes that should work. Keep an eye on it through out the day
 
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Yes that should work. Keep an eye on it through out the day
Ok. So I should do a big water change today and then on Sunday to another big one?
 

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Ok. So I should do a big water change today and then on Sunday to another big one?
NO, dont do a water change until the 5th day, when you add the water back in try and match the same temp( 88 ) then lower the heater back down to what you normally keep it at
 
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Dennis57 said:
NO, dont do a water change until the 5th day, when you add the water back in try and match the same temp( 88 ) then lower the heater back down to what you normally keep it at
Wait so don’t do a water change today? I did one Sunday and I noticed the ich in Monday
 

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Wait so don’t do a water change today? I did one Sunday and I noticed the ich in Monday
No, wait until Sunday or Monday to do the water change
 

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