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Old 04-04-2013, 01:39 PM   #1 
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Help! I started Ich treatment, now what??

Last week I purchased some driftwood, anubias plants, moss, and 1 Nerite snail to add to Porcupine's lightly planted 10 gallon tank. He seemed to enjoy the new setup... But then he started eating less, got lethargic, and on Tuesday night I saw the white spots and jerky movements, and rubbing against the driftwood. Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels have all been spot on, and his tank is kept at 75 degrees.
This is my first fish illness and I don't know if I'm doing it right!!!

So I bought Kordons RidIch, and the LFS said to:
Remove live plants, snail, and my 1 ghost shrimp
Remove carbon from my filter
do a 30% water change
dose the RidIch once
... So I did all that yesterday.

After all signs of Ich go away, they said to put carbon back in filter to remove the RidIch, then replace the plants and snail/shrimp


But shouldn't I be doing water changes to help him heal? Do I re-dose the RidIch into the new water before I add it? And I raised his temp to 80, shouldn't I see the cysts falling off and some improvement in his behavior?
Help! I don't want to waste time if I am missing something??

10 gal filtered tank w/ Aquaclear20
1 betta, 1 ghost shrimp, 1 Nerite snail
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #2 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10g
What temperature is your tank? Usually 75, raised to 80 for treatment now
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, aquaclear20
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 ghost shrimp, 1 Nerite snail

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardell betta food pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Prime
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:10
pH: 7.4
Hardness:don't know
Alkalinity: don't know

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Spots on body- like grains of salt
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, loss of appetite, twitchy swimming, clamped fins, hiding
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Tuesday night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? RidIch
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Don't know, bought him 8 months ago and he was an adult then
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #3 
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And ammonia level is 0, sorry I missed that one!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:38 PM   #4 
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Well, for anyone who is battling this also...I went ahead and did another 30% water change tonight- it just seems right to keep everything as clean as possible in there. I think I understand the RidIch directions to re-dose the ENTIRE 10 gal tank again after the water change. That would increase the concentration of mess, but I guess that's ok. I'm not sure
He did finally eat 1 pellet today- so that is promising too
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