Ich Problem

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In January, I set up a 36 Gallon Bowfront tank. It took me a while to cycle, but by February I was able to start introducing fish. I was a little paranoid about overstocking, so I don't have many fish now, but this is what I do have:

- 2 Mickey Mouse Platies
- 1 Fancy Cobra Guppy
- 5 Bloodfin Tetras

Now before you jump on my case, saying that Guppies must live in groups of three as well as Platies, there's been some fish death, and again, paranoia about stocking. I had three guppies, but two mysteriously died. I was not quite sure why, and figured maybe it was just dumb luck. Then, I went ahead and added a BN Pleco. Soon, he died, so I got another. Well, he died as well. That's when I realized there was a problem. Today I checked over my fish and what do you know?

They have ich! Now, I'm pretty much panicking, wondering what I should do. Please give advice!
 

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Guppies and platies don't need groups of three. They are social rather than schooling but are fine alone.

Are you sure they have ich? If they do then increase the temperature and add an airstone as less oxygen can dissolve in warmer water.
 
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Guppies and platies don't need groups of three.
Oh, I've heard from people that keeping them in groups was a necessity. They probably just misinterpreted it when somebody told them that they were social.

Are you sure they have ich?
Pretty much. I'm on my computer at the moment, so I'm unable to upload an image, but there are tiny white spots dotting a few of their tails. I also saw one of my Bloodfins rubbing against the glass.
 

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Probably what people were referring two is that when keeping live bearers you should have two or three females for every male. This way the romance (some may say harassment) is spread out over several females.
 
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