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About to start dosing a 55g all male hap/ peacock tank with Seachem Paraguard. No salt, nothing but the Paragurad. Water currently at 77.8

1. Any reason to raise temp if just using above medication?

2. Any water changes during treatment?
 

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Why not follow the directions on the package?
 

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The directions just mention dosing. Now, one would think by common sense and it being Seachem, that just dosing is all that's needed. But, like many, have heard that water changes were advantageous to rid some of the parasites that come off / on substrate.

Also there is no time frame on the directions, just repeat daily. With paraguard I've heard from one that's 7 days minimum. Others weeks. Seems like a long time to go without some sort of water change with an overstocked tank, even with mindful feeding and ample water agitation.

Might have helped if I led with that, sorry.
 

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The Certified Seachem technical support specialists recommend not raising heat and say It's not a good idea to do water changes when medicating as that decreases the concentration and can negate the medication's effectiveness.
 

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jpbdh4 said:
Seems like a long time to go without some sort of water change with an overstocked tank, even with mindful feeding and ample water agitation.
I maintain my regular weekly water change schedule but make sure to also maintain the full concentration of meds in my tank after each water change. For treatments that call for more frequent water changes I follow their directions. I would not go weeks without a water change or you're potentially looking at additional issues in connection with degrading water quality in the tank.
 

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Good info, TY. I'll daily dose them and at weeks end make sure the water parameters are good and take it from there.

Been a few years since dealing with it, ich. Too much at stake to just wing it or first impulse being to throw the kitchen sink at it.
 

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Or...if your max before a water change is 20ppm then skipping a week only gets you to 40ppm which may not be ideal, but is also not going to cause additional issues.

Also an argument not to overstock your tank (beyond what is necessary to manage aggression).
 

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Or...if your max before a water change is 20ppm then skipping a week only gets you to 40ppm which may not be ideal, but is also not going to cause additional issues.

Also an argument not to overstock your tank (beyond what is necessary to manage aggression).
Agreed. During my years with south americans I've found that in most cases keeping the tank environment very 'clean' certainly aids in recovery, and for some is all that is needed for full recovery.
 
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