29 Gallon Tank Ich Problem

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I have a 30 gallon tank with rainbow cichlid, electric blue acara, pearl gourami, danios, cory cat fish and red eye tetras. Recently I have noticed some white spots on blue acara and rainbow cichlid's fins. Also the rainbow cichlid often digs into the sand substrate. One of the electric blue acaras now constantly hides in the plants and never comes out or eats. Could it be ich? If so how do I treat them?
 

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Also has there been any additions to the tank lately?
 

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It sounds like ich. If it looks like someone sprinkled table salt on your fish, it's ich.

It's one of the easier diseases to treat, but it takes a couple weeks and you could lose fish. It's a parasite. It's got three basic phases of its life cycle. The white spot is one phase. The white spot falls off and forms a cyst, the second phase. Then the cyst blows open and releases zillions of microscopic nasties to attach to your fish, form a white spot, repeat. That's important because the only phase where you can kill the stuff is the free swimming stage when you can't see it.

Whatever method you use, salt, temperature, or medication, stick to the one method. It's easy to want to throw everything you've got at it, but multiple treatments will be hard on the fish with no added benefit.

Get at it quick. Do lots of water changes and gravel vacs. Keep treatment going for the duration. If you quit too early it will come back.

The entire tank is infested. Fish can have ich whether or not you can see any white spots. Ich can attach to gills.

The cause is usually adding a new fish that hasn't been quarantined, or water maintenance issues or low temps.
 
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They started with 2-3 dots now they are covered.

It's hard to take a picture cuz they move around so much for food
 

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Habib said:
They started with 2-3 dots now they are covered.

It's hard to take a picture cuz they move around so much for food
Keep in mind that the parasite has been present for some time before you see any white spots. The white spots themselves are not the parasite, they're the physical reaction of the fish to having a parasite attached, and it takes a while to form. When you start treatment, the white spots will drop off after a couple days. They don't drop off because of the treatment, they drop off anyway, but you killed off the parasites in the water column so the white spots go away. But then you have to deal with the cysts that fell off and are ready to explode, which can take several days. Remember that most of the ich life cycle is not visible.
 

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Don't delay treatment. The longer you delay the more likely you are to lose your fish.
 

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