Ick Problems

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Tristen, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. TristenValued MemberMember

    I think some of my fish might have ick. I have the medication for them, but I need to take the carbon out of my filter to use it. If I take the carbon out it will get rid of the beneficial bacteria in my tank. My tank is not fully cycled cause I’m new to aquariums and didn’t know. I’m worried that if I take he carbon out the beneficial bacteria will go away and the fish will die. What should I do with my filter

  2. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Why do you need to take out carbon

  3. TristenValued MemberMember

    It removes t
    If you don’t take out the carbon it will filter out the medication from your tank and it won’t help the fish
  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Is there a way you can take out the carbon without removing the filter media? If the carbon is inside a cartridge, you can cut a slit in the cartridge and dump out the carbon.

    Another alternative is to use the heat method to treat ich, and not use meds.
    ICH (ICK) Life Cycle and Natural Treatment
  5. TristenValued MemberMember

    What is the filter media?
  6. BaraYoukaiValued MemberMember

    I also had success recently treating Ich with salt since I don't have a filter...The heat method does work better from what I've read though. Just another option.
  7. TristenValued MemberMember

    Do you know if I can do the heat method with medication
  8. Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    Do only one...Do the heat meds are not benign. No salt if you have scaleless fish. Corys also do not like salt.
  9. BaraYoukaiValued MemberMember

    From what I have read online people don't seem to do both. I don't have any personal experience why though. I am assuming meds are so hard on fish they might die from extra stress.
    I have only used meds once to treat Ich and it didn't go so well...I lost all my fish sadly. So I personally would try it as a last resort. However I have read that some people have great success with meds, so good luck!!!!!
  10. BaraYoukaiValued MemberMember

    Duly noted...I have only ever had fish with scales so I've never come across this. Thanks for the info.
  11. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Filter media is the sponge type stuff in your filter. Cartridges are often full of activated carbon.

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