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    Curing ICH without meds

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues' started by Nelsonthefishguy, Oct 11, 2018.

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      Is it possible to eradicate ich with increased water temps and water changes? I’d prefer to not use any medication...
       
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      Yes heat and salt.
       
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      What kind of fish are you treating some species won't like the high temps and will stress out pretty bad from the water temp and if you do increase the temp make sure you do it gradually and also if you have substrate in your tank make sure to gravel vac it well as the "ick" likes to stay in the substrate
       
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      Just noticed my clown loaches (four) were all infected. I have two angelfish and one afro Arowana, neither seem to be exhibiting any symptoms. Water parameters are all in check, and the temp was roughly 78•f. I cranked the heater up to 84• (it’s 150 gallon so I don’t think it will spike too quickly).
       
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      Crank water temp to 86. Add salt 1 tsp per g x3 6hrs apart. Do 50% water changes and add water 75g with 3tsp per gallon (75x3= 225 tsp or 1.1 liter)back into the tank. Leave like this for over 10days and should go away.

      Add a powerhead to keep the o2 in the water.
       
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      Tlindsey and kno4te got it perfectly.
       
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      Thank you for all the advice! Power head and bubbler set up. Gonna buy some salt after work today. Quick question on the heat... how will I keep the heat from dipping during all those water changes?

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      Also, I’m not sure if it hocus pocus, but I’ve soaked a feeding last night and this morning with a little bit of garlic. Any truth behind that? Been seeing it quite a bit throughout the forum and google searches.
       
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      Not that I’m aware for ich.
       
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      There is nothing wrong with blending a little water from the hot water tap when doing water changes.
      When I lived in Milwaukee my tap water in winter was often below 40' F and only 50+' in summer, so I blended the hot cold for decades without a problem.
      If you are concerned about mineral buildup from the water heater, drain some out of the heater unit from the low tap, until it feels like water (not viscous).
      I found by doing a draw of about 2 quarts from the heater every 4 - 6 months, it kept mineral down.
      Your water heater instructions recommend this anyway once or twice per year, to improve efficiency.

      The heat of the water does not kill ick, it just speeds there life cycle allowing the salt to work.
       
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