I usually use the heat and salt method myself, i did it for 5 days, nothing got better, so i switched to using the Jungle Tank Buddies Ick tablets... Never used them before, but decided to try them since my usuaul way was not working.
It takes more thatn 5 days to cure Ich using heat & salt OR meds. I have never had the heat/salt method not work and I have treated many times including helping my disabled brother with his tank outbreaks. You just have to be patient and keep the heat up until there are no visible spots left. (usually at least 10 days) I reduce my heat slowly but usually keep my salt levels up for about a week after the last visible signs. (usually Clown loaches or cat fish are the last to shake Ich) I, too, have never lost a fish to Ich.
Thank you guys for your information... After using the tablets for two days, there is barely any spots left on my fish. I will continue to treat for at least 10 days after. But I do not want to keep using the tablets, so i would like to go back to the heat and salt method. The way that i ahve always done it is turn the heat up to 85-86 degress and add one table spoon per 10 gallons. Is this the heat and salt method that you guys use???? Please give me your helpfull suggestions.
For detailed instruction on treating ick check out the ick article linked below.
Briefly: Using heat AND salt together to treat ick: Salt: 2-3 Tablespoons per five gallons of water. (Salt is sodium chloride--plain table salt without any additives. The Aquarium Salt that can be purchased in most fish stores will work fine. Dissolve the salt first and add it gradually over several hours time) Heat: 80-82 degrees. (At these slightly raised temps the life cycle of the parasite is speeded up so that the salt and other meds can be effective.)
Using either salt alone or heat alone to treat ick: Salt alone: 4-5 tablespoons per five gallons Heat alone: 86+ (Heat raised this high is suppose to outright destroy the parasite BUT because water holds less O2 at higher temps some fish have a bad reaction to heat being raised this high. I think you're better off doing the combination of heat and salt rather than heat alone)
Treatment must continue for a minimum of ten days and then for at least three days after you see the last white spot.
Its important to start any ick treatment with a large partial water change and gravel siphoning. This will help to reduce the overall numbers of ick parasite in your tank.
Thank you so much for the information... i will use the heat and salt method that you have given me... I have been performing daily 30% water changes ever since i saw the ick. one more question.... When i perfrom daily water changes during treatment, do i add the amount of salt for the whole tank, or just for the new water????