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Really need advice.

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by Zr0, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Zr0

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    O.k so I got some tiger barbs, one of which had ich. I didn't notice this until he was in my tank (I don't have a second tank at the moment So I couldn't quarantine). Anyway long story short My tank has ich and After searching everywhere I got a lfs to order the Red tailed shark I wanted (last fish I plan on adding to my aquarium) and they get it tomorrow.

    Do I buy the fish and just treat the tank with him in there or do I wait until I get rid of the ich to get him?

    I really bugged the store to get them to order it and it would be kind of lame to them if i didn't buy it not to mention they might all be sold before I get my tank ich-free.

    Would It be o.k to get him?

    PS- My Heater doesn't bring my tank passed 72-74 So I cant really raise the temperature and I have a pictus catfish in the tank So are there any special precautions I should take when treating this ich?
     
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    What size of tank and what are all the inhabitants?
     
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    4 tiger barbs 4 white skirt tetras and one pictus (about 3 inches) in a 29 g for now but I should have the 55 gallon in a few weeks and since all the fish are still young/small I don't think I have a stocking issue in the 29g atm. Plenty of hiding places ect But like I said I'll have the 55 gallon very soon and I don't plan on adding many if any fish to the 55 after I have the rts.
     
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    If you are going to a 55 (for sure), I'd actually suggest that you add 4 of each to the barbs and tetras (gradually and only after the tank is cycled). The Pictus may not belong. I've not kept them so I'd wait for other input, but from my understanding they get fairly large and are better in groups. I doubt they'd be a good mix with an RTS.
     
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    Why not have them hold it for you? Another option is to call them, explain the situation, and ask them what you should do. If they say take him, you know not to work with them again.
    What type of heater is it? I don't know much about them, but the fact that it doesn't doesn't seem like a good sign. I think stealth is the best (I think, I think.)
     
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    From everything I've read they only get to about 5-6 inches. If he doesn't get along with the RTS I'll get rid of him, but I really do like him.

    Anyone have advice on the ich situation?

    @Vamp it came packed in with my aquarium so I'm not sure of the brand but its 120v. too weak?
     
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    Holding a single fish is tough to do for an LFS from a business perspective. If they're willing to, kudos to them. But if they say "take him", I wouldn't curse them for fulfilling a special order and requiring the buyer to meet their obligation.
     
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    Oops... forgot about the Ich. lol

    Regardless, the entire tank will need to be treated. If you can't upgrade to a heater that will reach 82 - 86, look into meds.
     
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    Plan on getting whatever meds I can get tomorrow when I visit the pet store but I don't know if its fair to the fish to bring him home.
     
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    That will depend on the store and the employees. If they"ll hold it for a week or two let them while you treat (pre-paying may be a good idea for them to keep it and know you really want the fish). It's really all up to the store, the employees, and your interaction.
     
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    I'll see if they let me pre-pay but seeing as the fish I got ich from was theirs and alot of their tanks are a bit cloudy/have fish eating tank mates I don't know If they would be the best people to hold my fish. I just know they are the only ones who ordered the RTS when I asked.

    I feel bad seeing the poor barbs trying to scratch themselves against the drift wood :(
     
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    That's a bummer dude (or dudette). Only you know the interactions with the staff and the overall conditions in the store. Keep the fish first and you'll be fine.
     
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    Please look into upgrading your heater before you spend money on meds.
     
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    How many volts is good for a 29g?
     
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    You need to be looking at Watts, not volts. A 29 should probably have a 100W heater.
     
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    The one I have is 100W
     
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    That should be fine for a 29. What type is it and how old? It should be able to maintain the temps needed for Ich/salt treatment.
     
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    I just googled my heart out and I cant find a link showing the 29 gallon kit I got from petland in the blue box but Its only about a month old and its at max power which (according to the thermometer sticker) is at 72F.
     
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    Invest 6-8 bucks in a digital thermometer. Your heater is probably fine.
     
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    Will do.
     

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