One Dots. Not Ich? Question

  1. ASHLEY R COOK

    ASHLEY R COOK Valued Member Member

    I saw two white dots on one fish a couple days ago so I thought it was ich and upped the temp to 85-86.
    Well the dots come and go on just the one fish and it's only one or two at a time.
    Is this not ich? I tried to get a pic but she is so fast. This is the only one out of a lot that you can see it.
    This time it's on the tip of her lyrtail.
    The top lyrtail has been missing since I got her a month ago and it's been healing and growing well.

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  2. kbn

    kbn Valued Member Member

    Mostly it is ich. You should keep your temperature upped until all spots disappear, that should do the trick.
     
  3. WhoKnows

    WhoKnows Valued Member Member

    It could be ich, but there's no way to know for certain if you've just seen two dots. Ich looks like someone sprinkled table salt on your fish.

    If it is ich, you need to treat at least a week beyond when the spots disappear. There are three phases to the life cycle, and the white spots are just the visible stage. Lots of people make the mistake of thinking the disease is gone when the white spots disappear and they stop treating. It will come back if you do that. Once the white spots disappear there are still thousands of little nasties int he water you can't see. The only phase where you can kill the ich is an invisible stage.
     
  4. NYFishGuy

    NYFishGuy Valued Member Member

    Have you looked up the Ich life cycle?
    They fall off, multiply and come back usually more each time.
    Sounds like yours isn't so bad. In addition to keeping temps up consider using a gravel vac often to get rid of the ich in the substrate. 10-20%WC
     
  5. OP
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    ASHLEY R COOK

    ASHLEY R COOK Valued Member Member

    Ok. I'll do another PWC tonight. Last one was Friday night. It does come away and come back so I thought ich but only one fish which I thought was weird. She is the lowest on the totem pole so maybe her immune system is lower. I also have garlic guard so I'll use that with pellet feedings to help her.
     
  6. WhoKnows

    WhoKnows Valued Member Member

    I don't recommend adding any kind of treatment just because. If you a reason to believe there's an ailment that garlic guard would cure, that's one thing. If you're just doing it because it's medicine, that's another.

    It is possible that only one fish would come down with ich, even though it's all over the tank. Some fish can develop an immunity, or a particular fish can be susceptible. I'd recommend waiting to see if more spots develop so you can confirm. If you treat for ich and it ends up being something else, you've delayed effective treatment.
     
  7. OP
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    ASHLEY R COOK

    ASHLEY R COOK Valued Member Member

    Garlic guard is just an additive of garlic extract. It's not a med
    It helps keep their immune healthy