Originally Posted by RaptorX8
Yep. Plumbob has Ick.
My question is: I have plants. Do I need to remove the plants to treat? To put Plumbob in a quarantine tank, the plants would have to be removed anyway for the other tank to fit. I'd rather keep it easy on him so if I could treat him as is in the tank, I would love that. I have aquarium salt and I've also successfully treated Ick with lifeguard more than once in my community tank, but I don't know if those would harm my plants as well.
I want to start treatment ASAP as the last Ick outbreak I had killed some of my fish within 24 hours of first seeing the spots and I check them multiple times a day.
you can treat ich easily with just heat and a little salt. turn up your heater slowly until you can hot 86F (some heaters wont do this for you), if you can get to 90F it's eve better. it does depend on your fish.
I do recommend otherwise for you to treat him in a separate tank for a few weeks with heat (86F) and salt (3tsp/gallon).
Change out the water atleast once perday with a thorough hot water scrub. it will be easier for you to keep the tank bare.
if you have a full planted tank, you can leave the original tank and plants alone, and quaratine the fish for 2 weeks to a month after he is cured.
if you do not, it is simple to just take the plants out and wash them very carefully and quaratine them in clean water.
if you have access to potassium permanganate, you can nuke your tank (without the fish ofcourse) with this. it does leave a brown residue and will kill any invertebrates along with the parasite.
ich shouldn't kill so fast. what did you use last time to treat your fish? sometimes copper based medicines can kill your fish.