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Our Pearlie Has Ich! Am I Treating It Correctly?


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Well, it happened - our poor little pearlscale has caught Ich. Alos, he seems to have a red spot located on the back of his body, some sort of discoloration. I have a question about treating him, since our ability to fairly limited...

We are keeping him isolated in a 1-gallon tank (since he is small...and all we have availible!) in which we are treating him with 1-tbsp salt added to 1-gallon of water. We are also treating the gallon with 0.25tsp of copper solution with a complete water change occuring every 8 hours, adding new salt & Cu s'ln everytime. Unfortunatley, we do not have a heating element availible to us since funds are kind of limited at present.

So does this treatment sound right? Too much, too little?

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Hi there. :)

First, you need to treat the ENTIRE tank that the sick goldie came from. All of the other fish in that tank have been exposed to ich and they can and will fall ill from it. Maybe not immediately but it will happen. Here's what you can do:

Raise the salinity up to 0.3%. Do this by bringing the salinity up 0.1% every 12 hours. 0.1% salt solution is 3/4 level teaspoons per gallon. so, for every gallon of water, you should be adding 3/4 level teaspoons per gallon every 12 hours for 36 hours. Remember that salt cannot be filtered out nor can it evaporate. In knowing this, you should be VERY careful about your additions of salt. Once you have reached your desired salinity and you feel you need to do a waterchange, you should add 2 1/2 level teaspoons for every gallon of water you replace in the tank.

Heat is optional here but it will speed the process up greatly.

Keep the salt solution in the tankwater until you have not seen ANY ich for at leat 4-5 days. I would even go as far as a week after the last ich was seen.

Feeding medicated food will help stave off any internal bacterial infection that might happen. But, this is also optional.

Before you treat the entire tank, you need to be aware that some fish cannot handle salt. Do you have any fish other than goldies in the tank?

In the future, you really should quarentine ALL new arrivals for at least 3 weeks. If nothing rears its ugly head in that amount of time, your fish should have a clean bill of health. However, it has been my experience that ALL new arrivals should be subjected to a 0.3% salt solution and praziquantel for the entire quarentine process. Mainly because there is no such thing as a parasite free tank at ANY local fish shop. Basically, all new fish should be considered to have at least one type of parasite and a blanket tatment od salt and prazi will knock out 90% of what we commonly see infecting goldfish.

Other than that, you should be good to go. Keep us posted on your progress! :D

Paul

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Ok, back into the 5-gallon tank he goes! We have 5 neon tetras in the tank with him, but they seem to either have uber-immune systems or simply never had it. The pearlie was a new fish and developed ich 6 days after being brought home. :(

I will put him back in the big tank today...I hate seeing him suffer like this, he used to be such a bubbly & happy 'lil fish. :unsure:

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Well, your neon tetras are going to need to be moved. They cannot handle salt in the amount that it takes to kill ich. They will need to be kept out of the tank until the treatment is done. This should be a rather easy thing for you to handle as 100% waterchanges each day will keep any and all ammonia at nil. You can also utilize ammo-chips as a substrate on the bottom of their container. You cqan keep them in glass or plastic,, eithr is fine. The container also needs only be about a gallon.

When you go to remove the tetras, you should be VERY careful not to stir up the bottom. Also, when you go to put the tetras in their temp home, DONOT add ANY water that they came from. Essentially, you want to net them but if you dont have a net, a scrap of t-shirt cloth will do fine. Remove the tetras to a bowl of water. scoop the t-shirt scrap under them and pull it up, wait for most of the water to drain from the cloth and them turn the cloth over ABOVE the temp tank so that they fall into the water, unharmed. The reason for all the hubub is that you do not want to transfer any swarmers (young, motile ich) to the temp tank. Otherwise, you WILL see an outbreak in there and you'll have to treat with a med such as Jungles "ich clear" (at half strenght).

Other than that, you should be good to go.

Keep in mind that you WILL need a larger tank and filter very soon. Even the smallest goldfish in the world will outgrow a 5 gallon very quickly. ;)

Good luck! :)

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