My First Ich, Did I Catch It In Time?

  1. GreekGills

    GreekGills Member Member

    I noticed a white spot on one of my tiger barbs fins, and a couple of them rubbing on driftwood and plants. Came to the conclusion it's most likely ich and started to raise the temp slowly. In about a 4hr span I had it only raised from 77.5-80.5 before I went to sleep.

    Yesterday morning, i noticed the white spot is virtually gone. Also no rubbing off on driftwood and plants anymore.
    My questions are
    1. How long should I keep the temp going? Should I keep raising it?
    2.Could 80.5f be enough to kill off ich if caught early?
    Ive read around 85-86f for ich treatment but it seems I got it at 80? Anyone else have this experience? Thank you!:)
     
  2. penguin02

    penguin02 Well Known Member Member

    Raising the temperature won't kill the ich. Part of its life cycle is to fall off the fish and reproduce on the substrate and decorations, so it'll be back in larger numbers eventually. I believe raising the temperature is supposed to speed up the life cycle so it's quicker to kill, but don't quote me on that. I don't know any medications to recommend since I've only had ich in saltwater, but hopefully someone will be around to help you out.