Treat my tank for ICH How Do I 

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I have a 3 week old tank, I have been treating with Prime and Stability, lots of water changes and testing. A friend of mine who knows more about fish than I do thinks I may have ICH! I can't argue because I lost the minnows yesterday I did a water change after removing the poor deceased....

I want to try the heat treatment but want to be sure not to make things worse. I would like to go to 86* so I don't need to add any other chemicals to the tank.


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8 Platies
2 Red point
5 Yellow Guppies
5 Black Skirt Tetras
5 Red Eye Tetras

I did another partial change, I understand this may prolong my cycle time but I want my fish to be happy and safe.

Please let me know what to do. Thank you Fish Lore!
 
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HI welcome to FishLore!!
I'm sorry about your minnows.
Raising the temp will kill the ich and interpret it's life cycle.
Add an airstone to make up for less oxygen in warmer water.

The warmer water and extra aeration will also held the beneficial bacteria grow. )
 
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Great news, I will slowy raise the temp to 86* add an air stone and the second Emp 400 (which is on the way). Will I be ok with out treating with salt and just do daily water changes?

Thank you Lucy, love the tank cat picture.
 
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Thanks! He was an ornery thing! lol

You'll get a lot of opinions on salt. Personally, I'd skip it.
I forgot to mention, continue water changes. Not only because you're cycling, it'll help pick up any ich spores.
Leave the temp raised for at least 2 weeks.

I'm not a big fan of stability. The bacteria will grow naturally as your fish create ammonia.
 
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I am not really impressed with Stability either. I will finish the small amount left and contuine with the Prime and water changes.

Thank you again Lucy.
 
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You're welcome.
Good luck, I hope your fish feel better soon!
 

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All good advice The only thing I can add is to also vacuum the substrate when your doing water changes and to FishLore.
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Oh, thanks Carol! Forgot that part.
 
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Ahhh yes, got it!
 

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Best wishes Grover. I hope your fish are going to be ok.

Keep us posted!

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Thanks guys, they appear to be doing well. I found out researching I am over feeding them ( poo hanging out of the platies and tons of flakes in the gravel...) also found a good tip to lower the water level slightly to add agitiaion to the water(may only apply to HOB filters, I don't know) the waterfall effect seems to make the fish very happy!


Doing 30% water changes daily, vacuuming the gravel half each time. The tank has a center divider so I do one side per PWC.

Did come up with a question. On the Emperor 400, how should I set the mid-level intake? I have had them both opened, upper closed, upper half closed and upper mostly closed... I don't know if there is a suggested set up.

Thanks FishLore!
 
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Day 3 of the heat and the fish look like they are doing better, much less "flashing" all still have good appetites and seem happy.

I will keep the temperature elevated for the entire 2 weeks and keep up with the water changes.

I did notice that the water changes are getting easier and much faster.
 
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Tommorw will be a full week of the heat and the fish look good as ever, yay!

Thanks FishLore. My fish thank you too!
 
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