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HELP! Am i doing this right?

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So i just noticed today that two of my clown loaches have ich! :x I have loaches, Mbunas and a common pleco. I read Cichlidaholic's article on treating ich with temp and salt. I cleaned the tank and added an extra bubble disc to the tank. so now i am running a bubbler on either side of the tank plus i left about 4in of open air at the top of the tank to add more filter agitation. i am raising the temp from 75 degrees to about 88 degrees. My tank is 55gal. I am disolving 20tbs of aquareum salt in a bucket of water that i will add gradually to the tank over the next 24-48 hours. I leave it at that temp for ten days then do water changes to lower the salt in the tank back to normal....does that sound right?
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take your time. both loaches, and plecos, have varying tolerance to salt exposure. too much will kill them faster than ick ever could. the idea is to kill the parasite, without adding stress to the tank's inhabitants you prefer to keep. your dosing measurements/temperature setting combo represents a maximum assault, while your fish list, suggests a half dosing would be prudent. HTH.
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