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Hello,

I purchased some angels, upside down cats, and cardinals for my community tank a few days ago and they have been residing in my quarantine tank since they arrived. This morning I noticed some Ick spots on 2 of the cardinal tetras. I know i've got to treat the tank, but I was looking for some recommendations. I've got some quick-cure I could use, but Im thinking maybe heat and salt for them instead. Anyone know if the salt tolerance is lower on tetras, same as with alot of medicines?

Also, would it be advisable that I just fill another QT up and transport them to that for treatment? Or would that be unnecessary? For reference, my QT is 10gal.

Just looking for some advice, since the last time I tried to save fish from ick, I didn't succeed.
 

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When I treated my community tank for ick, I thought I read here somewere that cats are too sensitive to salt to do the salt treatment. I also read that tetras are sensitive to most ick treatments. I used Ick Attack, 100% ORGANIC for Feshwater & Saltwater. I just followed the direcitons on the bottle. I didn't loss any of my fish. I would try that.

Good Luck :thumb:
 

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Catfish and other scaleless fish are supposed to be overly sensitive to many meds. Alot of people use the medications at half strength.

Ich is very simple to treat, so your first round may have been something else along the bacterial infection line.

There is an article on treating ich with salt and heat or meds below my signature.

Squeeze in all the water changes you can.

I prefer meds over heat and salt, and think Quick Cure works great.

I've rarely had to treat for ich in 30+ years of keeping fish, but have never had any problems with my catfish when I have treated with Quick Cure at the recommended dosage.

Keep in mind that you will need to ignore package directions and treat for 3-4 days after the last spot falls off. Make sure you have lots of water movement in the tank with any treatment you choose. Add an aerator if necessary while treating.

I don't really understand why you would want to move them to another tank if they are in a QT now.

Kim
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm going with the quick cure, did a 50% change then did 5 drops for 10 gallons (which is a half/dose). I bumped the temp up from 78 to about 80-81, so hopefully that will speed the process along. I figure I'll do a 50% change daily with the incoming water treated at half-dose. I've got a air pump rated for 20 gal working in the tank, so I'm hoping thats enough aeration.

And I was thinking about moving them to a different QT since I would be abandoning any of the free swimming ick. But I realize that wouldn't do much if anything other then stress out the fish.

And last time the guys that had it I caught it late. They were covered head to tail. The guys that have it now have 2-5 dots maximum. And its only about 3 of the 15 fish in the tank.
 

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If they stress, lower the temp back to where you had it slowly. Heat will speed up the life cycle of ich, but it can also make it get worse really fast, and may not be necessary with the meds.

You might have to treat longer than usual at half strength, but I think you're doing the right thing.

Sounds like you have things under control. :thumb:

Kim
 
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