View Full Version : Ick and Baby Whales/Ghost Knife/Elephant Nose
12-08-2004, 4:38 PM
I've been looking everywhere on how to take out Ick when baby whales, ghost knives and elephant nose are present. The ick is on the tetras right now. Any advicee would be appreciated.
12-08-2004, 4:56 PM
Raise the temp to 86 and add one tbsp on salt per gallon.
12-08-2004, 6:55 PM
salt and heat is by far the most effective way IMO....just keep an eye out because those scaleless fish you mentioned dont take too kindly to salt....but my cories and pictus and loach have never had a problem with me adding salt for treatments...FWIW
Oh and vacume the gravel once a day to remove as many free cysts as possible.
12-09-2004, 8:31 AM
Will raising the temp that high kill any of my other fish... Gouramis, cory cats, plecos, upsidedown catfish, tetras? Or would it be better to quarantine the baby whales etc in another tank and treat them seperately?
12-09-2004, 8:45 AM
If possible remove the scaleless fish to a Q tank. when i first had got my beauforti loaches i treated my tank for ick using half a dose of copper safe and temp.86 while my african knife was in it (he was covered in spots,what looked like velvet) and his condition improved as well as the loaches that had ick. But i would be careful as the med. treatment weakens the scaleless fish considerably. salt and heat are the best and they will not harm cories, plecs, USD cats or tetras in low amounts. also do frequent water changes. it takes awhile sometimes becouse the ick cysts can be hidden in the gravel so patience is good too.
12-09-2004, 10:53 AM
I've always read how temp and salt can cure ick but everyone else must have better luck than I have. I have used different types of medication and always had prettygood luck once I found compatible meds for the fish I had. I just recently had a native killifish tank breakout with a case of ick. I added about a teaspoon of salt/gallon and bumped the temp to 82. after a week the ick had only gotten worse so I added another teaspoon/gallon. I had 3-4 fish that looked as though they had been sprinkled with a salt-shaker after 2 weeks of no change with the salt+temp method so I bought some jungle fizzing ick-tabs and the ick was 100% gone in 2 days. I will never again trust the no-meds method. On to your specifics, I'm not sure on the baby whales or knifes but Ick Guard II is designed especially for weaker fish like tetras and scaleless fish. I have never lost a tetra with this medication and i have used the jungle fizz tablets at half dose with good luck too but it will stain decorations blue. Kyle