Quick question regarding ICK

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Dshen, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Dshen

    DshenNew MemberMember

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    I saw one of my GBRs flashing/ scratching itself against the gravel. This does not happen OFTEN, but I was wondering if that behavior is ALWAYS indicative of ick. I raised the temp ~86 and started treating with paraguard. Anything else I can do? There are no visible white spots atm. Thanks
     
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

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    It's not recommended to do both heat and meds. Do one or the other for ich (I'd recommend heat).

    I also wouldn't treat for ich unless you saw white spots. Flashing can be indicative of other parasites.
     
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    Why not both? Manipulating too many variables -> increasing stress?
     
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    Right, it's very stressful on the fish.
     
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    It can also change the composition of some medications.
    if you have a pill bottle handy, it usually tells you the temp to keep it in.
     
  6. lbonini1

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    Well, have you tested your water parameters? Flashing could indicate Ammonia or Nitrite but then again if they're scratching against surfaces and flashing against them then I'd say it's Ick....
     
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