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well as the title implies yes i have ich inside my 30g tall apistogramma tank.. i cannot seem to get rid of it and to top it off the tank seems to have a fungal issue going on as well. been dosing the tank as instructed for like 5 days now.. only to see a worsening of symptoms on fish that diddnt have it . the fish that had it to begin with look better...... but the rest.. just look terrible.. dont know what i should do to get rid of them.. idk. well thanks let me know what to do. really pissing me off... about to just dump the whole tank and sell it off :(
 

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Well, I've never seen any "all natural" meds work, so I have to say I'm not surprised.

I would use something with formalin and malachite green.

Is the tank planted? Any scaleless fish?
 

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The salt and heat method may be another alternative for you if you're looking for a more natural approach. You can read about it and other ick remedys in the ick article, linked below.

Fitting in as many partial water changes and gravel siphonings as possible will help in battling ick since you'll be removing parasites with the water. It's not a cure but it will definitely help and if your fish are really struggling right now it might be just the thing to get them past this critical time.
Increasing water movement will also help in the battle.

One word of caution on the heat and salt method: you mentioned a fungus infection. It's easy to mistake a bacterial infection for fungus and some bacteria will multiply in warmer water so if there's any doubt that it is in fact fungal you might want to go with just salt.

I don't know anything about the product you are currently using however given the life cycle of the ick parasite its not surprising that it hasn't worked. Unless the directions warn otherwise you want to maintain most ick treatments for at least ten days.

Don't give up on that tank! Ick is a pain but its definitely beatable so hang in there! Please post back with any additional questions or concerns.

Robin
 

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yes the tank is heaviy planted.. thats the reason for dealing with all of this.. i dropped in some of that green crud to try and take care of it.. took out all the plants and tossed em in buckets on my porch with some fertilizer so lets hope this finally works.. already lost one fish now since i started this regiment of dosing. well lemme know what you think and no scaleless fish.. everythings fine just has sugar all over a couple :)
 

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What is making you suspect a fungal infection? (This is why I didn't suggest heat and salt to start with...)

Are the areas all salt like in appearance, or are some of them cottony or fuzzy looking?
 
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