Molly fry tank has ich! Help!

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An adjustable is a good idea I think, heat is the safest/easiest way to treat ich imo. Make sure when you raise the temp that your filter (assuming you can get your hood cut in time) agitates the water well or add an air stone, higher temperatures mean lower oxygen in the water.

 
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Molly fry tank had ich! Help!

Okay, so tomorrow I might make a pet store run. I'm going to get a couple tiny plants for an ADF tank I'm planning and I will pick up a new heater if they have one small enough that is also adjustable. I'll hang on to the current one though since it works great for normal conditions. I'm going to set up a 10g soon, so maybe if I can't find a smaller adjustable heater I could buy one appropriately sized for a 10g? I'll also look at the ich treatments we have.

I actually have a small air stone and a pump for 5-10 gallons that I could try and get in there but I think I would still need the hood to be cut.

 
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Dom90 said:
You don't get employee discount at Petco? o.o
I do but I don't earn very much working part time! (Plus I need to save money as well)
I'm going to get this stuff there if maybe it didn't sound like it... I live pretty close to the largest petco in SoCal lol. They have like six different ball python morphs, a nice saltwater selection, moving signs for the different pet sections, it's very cool.


 
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This is really bothering me, can one of the mods fix my topic title so it says "has" not "had"? Or can someone tell me how I can do it myself if I can?


 

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kidster9700 said:
This is really bothering me, can one of the mods fix my topic title so it says "has" not "had"? Or can someone tell me how I can do it myself if I can?
Dom90 said:
You'll need a mod to come around and fix it for you.
Fixed
 
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so the problem with adding another filter is that the preset ones turn off when they get to 78. SO the aquatic specialist at a different petco actually suggested going the other way and making it cooler. as long as i don't shock the fish, any change in temperature should kill the ich. thoughts on that? without the heater i could maybe get it down to 74F. he said to also try putting in a frozen jug of water (although since my tank is five gallons maybe a frozen half of a water bottle) to get it cooler than that. obviously i would wait until its gotten as cool as it can without a heater before doing that so it doesn't spike down too fast.
 

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I've never heard of making it cooler as a treatment. As long as you add an adjustable heater (you could just replace the one your using instead) the preset one is moot, the adjustable one will still heat to what it's set at.

 
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The problem is that I can't find an adjustable heater that's for less than 10g


 

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I think you'd be able to use an adjustable 50w heater, it will only heat up faster.


 
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Okay, thank you. I have a ten gallon I might set up for shrimp eventually or keep around for quarantine or maybe I'll actually use it for brine shrimp like I originally wanted to. I might use the adjustable for that after the ich is gone


 
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Oh poop, so this tank had been without a filter for too long. And the lighting is super intense. It's getting the dreaded brown algae. And it's on my lava rock. This tank is becoming a disaster.


 
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this is bad! so! the adjustable heater has not raised my temp! it went DOWN to 78! and my fry do not look good a couple look like they're about to die. barely swimming, top of the tank, fins clamped tight. i don't know what to do!
i think i'm going to do a 50% water change and set up the filter. they were fine two days ago, still had it, but healthy swimming.
 

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Maybe your adjustable heater is broken? Just crank it up all the way and see what it does?
 
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Dom90 said:
Maybe your adjustable heater is broken? Just crank it up all the way and see what it does?
its a brand new heater, and it is cranked up all the way. i think my water change yesterday may have ruined the cycle :/ i would move them into a breeder net in my main tank but i don't want all my other fish to get ich too!
 

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Yea that would be a catastrophe. It may just be that the heater you bought was defective then.
 
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so i tried hooking up the filter and as i suspected the flow is too strong for them! i didn't buy this filter with a fry tank in mind and it literally just pushed the dying ones around the tank like they were already dead. how can i save them? they look like they need to eat but aren't eating. did i put too much salt??? is it the ich???
 
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okay, i don't really know what to do. all 15 just look terrible. clamped fins, barely moving, gaping mouths. i might have to just start that tank over. i have resources from my 38 to help it cycle right away but i'm still afraid it won't work or the fry will get too stressed. what would you guys do in my situation?
 
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