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Old 09-13-2011, 12:46 PM   #1 
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Question about Ich treatment?

So, since there is only one ich brand here I don't trust it as the store uses it and their fish die anyways....

I am using aquarium salt for freshwater fish, and have used it since two days ago when I noticed my new female Marge with ich. None of the other fish have it on them, not even her sister Tina. I raised the temperature, and have been gravel vaccuuming each day. Today, there is only one of six hitchhikers left on her, so I vaccuumed the gravel again and added dissolved salt and new water (20% water change with tap water conditioner).

How long would you say to do this treatement? I hope I sucked up any of the fallen parasites. I've already gotten the other tank under control (Spartan had a single spot of ich, to which I added salt, today it's gone and I vaccuumed the empty bottom tank). I won't stop for a few days anyways, but how long would you say? The females are getting much stronger, unlike the first day of treatment :)

And I know salt only kills the free swimming parasites. Which is why I ask... for how long? lol. The temperature is being slowly raised still (the gauge on the heater won't tell me what temp I have it set to...) and none seem to care. I also have a bubbler in there for extra oxygen for them.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:20 PM   #2 
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Add 1 tsp/gal Aquarium Salt 3 times, 12 hours apart so that you end up with 3 times the normal concentration. Perform daily 100% water changes to remove fallen parasites before they can reproduce. Replace the water with the right amount of salt. Do not continue this treatment for more than 14 days.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:22 PM   #3 
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I cannot do 100% water changes. This is a cycled 20 gallon tank, with a frog, snail, three adult balloon mollies and three younger balloon babies ranging from 1 month to 4 months of age. One balloon molly is pregnant. 100% water change would be devastating to the fish mentioned, and kill probably all but maybe the snail and frog.

I have been gravel siphoning 20% a day, which I did today when I noticed only one remained on my female. None of the other fish have it.

Now that she has brought it to the tank, the tank needs to be treated. I may do the salt treatment for a few days, then afterwards slowly have the tank cleaned and lower the salt down to basically nothing.

I know your method works... if the fish is by herself. But... again. she is in the community tank. Balloon mollies are so susceptible to dying if 100% water changes are done

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