Platys Have Ich!!!!!

Ellie Silvester

Help my platy that I talked about in a previous post ive just noticed white spots on her tail fin so her and one other female both have ich. the temp is 80 F in my tank but its a preset heater so how do I treat the ich without raising the water temp?

everything ive seen has said to basically just let it run its course but doesn't ich kill fish?? how do I treat it/ help the fish in the meantime?
 

MikeRad89

Pictures please.
 

Ellie Silvester

All of the pics are really bad but it looks like ich. It’s mostly on their tail fins
 

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adagona

If it is any relief, ich have not killed any of my fish as long as the water is clean. I add a little aquarium salt too and let it run its course.
 

Ellie Silvester

If it is any relief, ich have not killed any of my fish as long as the water is clean. I add a little aquarium salt too and let it run its course.
so what do you do to make sure the water is up to the standards of clean to not kill your fish even when they have ich?
 

adagona

so what do you do to make sure the water is up to the standards of clean to not kill your fish even when they have ich?

I'll just keep track that the ammonia and nitrite is zero, nitrate preferable below 20. I also do a 70% water change every three days to get more ick out of the water. And add some salt which I read can kill ich in water (slowly add to acclimate your fishes). I believe there are medications that others have used successfully too but I've never tried that method before.
 

Brandon03

Help my platy that I talked about in a previous post ive just noticed white spots on her tail fin so her and one other female both have ich. the temp is 80 F in my tank but its a preset heater so how do I treat the ich without raising the water temp?

everything ive seen has said to basically just let it run its course but doesn't ich kill fish?? how do I treat it/ help the fish in the meantime?
Maybe cover up the tank with something to increase the temp? Try not to use aqaurium salt if you have scaleless fish.
 

WinterSoldier.

Hi!

My platys get a little ich occasionally but I just raise the temp and starve them. By not feeding them you are depriving the parasite of food. Thus killing it, btw I got this method of this forum, fishlore!!
 

angelcraze

If you only have platys, I would go the salt (sodium chloride) and heat route. Platys are perfectly fine with salt.

1tsp per gallon of salt added slowly over 10-12 hours. Add salt again for any water removed during water changes. Also take note that salt does not evaporate, it will be in the water until you change it out.

Raise temp to 82 degrees to increase the ich parasite lifecycle and reduce the treatment time. I keep salt in for at least a week after I see the last ich spot drop off.

Siphoning the bottom frequently helps remove eggs and larvae stages.
 

adagona

Hi!

My platys get a little ich occasionally but I just raise the temp and starve them. By not feeding them you are depriving the parasite of food. Thus killing it, btw I got this method of this forum, fishlore!!
I don't quite agree with this. Ich feed on the fishes body, not on fish food. I feed my fishes sufficiently to make sure they are fit enough to fight the ich. But I don't over feed so the water will not be dirty.
 

Ellie Silvester

If you only have platys, I would go the salt (sodium chloride) and heat route. Platys are perfectly fine with salt.

1tsp per gallon of salt added slowly over 10-12 hours. Add salt again for any water removed during water changes. Also take note that salt does not evaporate, it will be in the water until you change it out.

Raise temp to 82 degrees to increase the ich parasite lifecycle and reduce the treatment time. I keep salt in for at least a week after I see the last ich spot drop off.

Siphoning the bottom frequently helps remove eggs and larvae stages.
I have 2 cories also at the moment- will heating up the water alone be enough to get rid of the ich?
 

Ellie Silvester

also just an update- I got an adjustable heater that is 150W which has a really wide temp range so I'm heating up the water right now but I don't want to add salt because of my cories... is heat alone enough?
 

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