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Treating Ich For Goldfish Help

Discussion in 'Goldfish' started by TagTeam, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    45g tank with Black Moor, Ryukin and Fantail (I have an airstone and 2 filters totaling 120g)
    All three fish are 2" (newbies) and have been in the tank for about a month.
    My Black Moor has white spots all over him :-(
    I don't have a heater as I was under the impression you don't need one for Goldies.
    The water temp is about 66 degrees.
    After researching the best treatment plan I believe I should:

    1) Buy a heater and put it into the tank
    2) Raise the temp by 2 degrees every hour until I get to 86 degrees
    3) Leave the tank like that for two weeks.
    4) Slowly lower the tank temp back to 66


  2. david1978 Fishlore Legend Member

    With goldfish I would just use an ich med. No need to put them threw the high temp thing.

  3. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    Also, a heater question...
    If I get a 100w heater will it heat the tank up slower than a 200w? I ask because I'm heading out of town for a week and therefore will not be able to manually turn the heat up every hour... so I'm wondering if it will be safe to get a 100w heater and set it to 86? :emoji_sweat:

    Which do you suggest?
    API Super Ick?

    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 28, 2019
  4. david1978 Fishlore Legend Member

    That sounds like it will work. I have never used it though.
  5. AMC_1204 Valued Member Member

    I’ve had the same issue with my golds. Add aquarium salt and do daily water changes. The heat helps to speed up the life cycle of the ich. Gravel cleaning will remove any that have fallen off the fish and the salt creates a pressure difference not allowing the eggs to hatch I believe. Best of luck!
  6. Skavatar Well Known Member Member

    you could try a salt bath.
  7. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    Thank you for all the advice!
    Due to the fact that I'm heading out of town tomorrow morning I decided to go with Tetra Ick Guard (I removed the carbon out of the filter). When I get back next week (with hopes everyone is still alive) I'll do a 25% PWC with a thorough sand cleaning and then put in 4 more tablets, wait 24 hours and then do another 25% water change. Fingers crossed.
    If that doesn't work I'll do a salt bath.
  8. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    Sadly, I just got back into town and my Black Moor is dead :(
    I did a 25% water change and put in the other 4 tablets for Tetra Ick Guard just in case there's more hidden ick in the tank.
    I think I'll go with a different approach next time I face this. And hopefully it won't happen when I have to go out of town!
    The Fantail & Ryukin seem perfectly fine at this point... so that's good. :)
  9. AMC_1204 Valued Member Member

    Sorry to hear he didn’t make it.

    Make sure to clean the gravel during water changes, any eggs that are alive may still be in the gravel.