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Old 06-22-2010, 07:10 PM   #1 
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Ich..

Mirox might have Ich :(

I cant afford ich meds or anything..
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Have you tried the heat and salt routine? Aquarium salt (and I think people have used table salt as well) is VERY cheap, at least at my LFS.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:19 PM   #3 
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Apparently, table salt is not a good idea. though, I've heard you can use kosher salt, or sea salt in replacement of aquarium salt.

If you slowly turn up the heat to about 84 or so degrees (someone correct me if I'm wrong) , and keep it that way until 3 days after the ich disappears, that'll kill the ich. At a certain temperature, ich stops reproducing.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:23 PM   #4 
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You want kosher salt--a kind of salt that has not been iodized or contain any form of potassium. The two posts above mine offer good advice. The best medicine for ich is high temperatures, a bit of salt, and CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN water.

If the ich won't go away despite everything you do, I suggest a malachite green treatment.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:29 PM   #5 
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Thanks, but we dont have a heater...
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:31 PM   #6 
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Yep, raise the temp and use aquarium salt. Just know that you'll still need to continue treatment after the white specks fall off. They just go to the bottom of the tank, so they'll still be there. It'll take 1-2 weeks to be completely safe.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:36 PM   #7 
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hmmm, well, if you live in an area where this is possible, you could stick your betta's tank (if it's relatively small) outside somewhere where there is shade all day, and take it inside in the night. So long as you have a thermometer inside the tank to moniter the water temps, you should be fine :)
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:50 PM   #8 
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I live in Florida. Way too hot.

Would it be best to put him in quarantine?
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:25 PM   #9 
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The treatment I like to do in mild cases of ich, is the two cup method and move the fish each day from cup to cup cleaning and adding fresh water with each move for at least 3 days from the last day you seen the parasite on the fish.

In server cases I use the increased temp and aquarium salt 1tsp/gal up to 3tsp/gal along with daily water changes and deep substrate vacuuming for 3 days past the last day parasite was seen on the fish.

In the home tank, deep gravel vacuuming to manually remove the parasite and then provide the fish with a stress free stable environment to insure that re-infestation doesn't occur.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:59 PM   #10 
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I have never tried this method since I have only had one case of Ich in the very beginning, but I know people that SWEAR by it!!! Hope this helps!

Natural Ich Cure


1st day
Raise temp to at least 80 degrees
add 1 teaspoon salt for every three gallons

2nd day
add 1 teapoon salt for every three gallons
Raise temp to 82dF

3rd day repeat every third gallon dosage for a total of 1 teaspoon per gallon- raise temp to 84 dF

4th day through 14th day - do nothing, but wait

14 day - start to reduce temp back down to 78 dF over the course of 24 hours
15th day start reducing salinity by normal partial water changes and maintenence

Ich should be gone forever ( until you add new fish) because you have interupted the Life cycle permanantly


Not sure how well this method would work with some of the very small tanks bettas are kept in, though.

You probably should invest in a heater - your betta will thank you, IMO.

Best of luck to you & your little guy! :)
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