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How to make an ich tank habitable again?

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How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by Biulu on Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:30 pm

I just came back from a week in China and found that a 10 gallon with 4 female swordtails and a female betta had been wiped out. Don't ask me why... The tank was cycled, planted and not overly stocked with these 5 fish. Temperature was at 23, sponge filter nicely bubbling away....

Anyway, I did notice there were white 'dusty' spots on one of the females which definitively was a sort of ich.

I don't want to risk new fish catching ich right away. What should I do to make this tank ich usable again? If possible without tearing it apart.....
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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by davefrombc on Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:09 pm

Raise the tank temperature to about 86 F for a week should kill off the ich.. They cannot survive long without a fish host, and raising the temperature increases their speed of metabolism. Unless you re ina hurry to restock it, I'd leave it fishless for 3 weeks to be sure .
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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by alexmtl on Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:19 pm

davefrombc wrote:Raise the  tank temperature  to  about 86 F  for a week   should kill off the  ich.. They cannot survive  long without  a fish  host, and raising the temperature  increases their  speed of metabolism. Unless you re ina hurry to restock it,  I'd  leave it   fishless for 3 weeks to be sure .

Yup. That sounds right.
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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by Biulu on Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:23 pm

Thanks! I put the heat up to 30 degrees. That should do it....
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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by l_l_l on Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:38 am

Also, the babies seem to be produced in the substrate, so make sure you do water changes and concentrate on the substrate.
When I have ICH issues, I usually up the temp and do 2 water changes per week

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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by alexmtl on Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:09 pm

Don't forget to "sterilize" the buckets, nets and any reservoir which may have been in contact with the protozoa.
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Re: How to make an ich tank habitable again?

Post by Biulu on Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:41 pm

That is a good tip....
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