I am dealing with ich and it started with my betta Guppy behaving sad (sitting at the bottom of the tank or in his leaf, not eating well and less active), then it showed up later that day. I started (from advice of the helpful people here, thanks guys!) treating with higher water temp, aquarium salt and meds. Now I am finding the meds seem to have some side effects and are influencing Guppy's behavior. So if you can, I would treat with just the salt and waremr water. Mine showed improvements in 2 days and all spots dissipated in 4 days. But you have to keep treating for the full 14 days to make sure it doesn't return as you cannot see most of the ich's life cycle.
Remove fish to temp. holding cup. Clean and dry everything in the tank.
Then add treated water that is exactly the same temperature as the water in the tank.
Add 2 tsp of aquarium salt per gallon (dissolve completely in hot water before adding to tank, then dissolve till water turns clear before adding fish back), 100% water change every day. Water temperature 82 to 87... my heater won't go past 84 but that seems fine.
Remove and disinfect all toys, substrate and plants. Put plants in quarantine for 3 weeks before returning to the tank.
I removed the filter as well, he won't need it with daily water changes. I kept his leaf hammock, heater and thermometer. It is a boring tank but since you have to clean and completely dry everything every day it is much easier then dealing with all the other stuff in the tank and gives the ich less places to hide and breed.
I have learned all this in the past few days.
Last edited by Atena; 05-16-2012 at 08:14 AM.