Recurring Ich Issue...

TombedOrchestra

I got a black molly about a month ago. I put it in a quarantine when I got it for about a week along with 4 other fish.

After 7 days the black molly developed ich. I treated it in the tank along with the other fish. After 5 days of treatment and waiting another few days they all looked fine and I moved them into my main tank.

2 days later the black molly again developed ich. I put it in quarantine and re-treated for 5 days. I moved it into the main tank after I saw the quarantine had traces of nitrites.

The black molly was good for 6 days and then again developed ich. I have since put him back in the quarantine and have begun a third round of treatment.

What gives on this recurring ich? It's only this ONE fish. No other fish have shown any symptoms.

Water quality of the main tank has been 0, 0, 40. Yes, Nitrates are high, but they haven't been that level the entire time of this process. Levels of the quarantine were 0, 0, 20 except for that one spike of ammonia / nitrites which I promptly removed the fish from.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks
 

trainandfishguy

I don't think you killed the ich correctly. Did you raise the temperature of the water? How did you treat your tank? Copper?
 

smee82

Treat ich for 2 weeks after tue last signs to make sure youve completely killed it off.
 

TombedOrchestra

Treat ich for 2 weeks after tue last signs to make sure youve completely killed it off.

I used API General Cure to treat it. The fish lost all of its white spots and was acting much healthier. It's a 5 days treatment with a water change the 6th day.

My temp is at 78-80 right now. I also added aquarium salt.

How can I treat ich for 2 weeks with medicine that's only designed for 5-7 days?

Thank you guys!
 

smee82

I don't treat with meds just the raise temp to the highest your fish can handle and do daily water changes.

The ich parasite can live for 2 weeks without a host so you need to make sure any meds you use can kill the parasite at any time of its life cycle or it will come back stronger then the last time.
 

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