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  • in reply to: Tom's Bucket O' Mud #347584

    ShadowMac
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    This tank is brilliant! Its rare I read through a thread entirely…and it was a pleasure.

    I love the fact it is natural and as near a self sustaining setup as you can get. I would like to try this sometime…

    I like the new look and will follow your progress. Thanks for sharing it.

    in reply to: Ich Treatment And Carbon Filter #347527

    ShadowMac
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    that is very disheartening to hear some strains are now able to survive the heat treatment. I am glad I have not had this strain.

    I was unaware flubendazole could kill ich. I have used it in the past for shrimp, in low doses, to treat some unwanted parasites. This would be another “shrimp safe tool”. Thank you for the link.

    in reply to: Ich Treatment And Carbon Filter #347518

    ShadowMac
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    Hello, sorry to hear about your fish losses.

    In my experience one of the most effective means of combating ich is to raise the temperature to 86 F for a period of 2 weeks.

    Keep in mind this may not be the best for species that prefer cooler water, however for most tropical fish this is fine and far less stressful than chemical treatments. It is also much easier.

    The temperature prevents the parasite from completing its life cycle. It dies before being able to infect more fish and continuing the cycle of infection, reproduction, maturationelopment, and another infection. *EDIT* glanced over your post and only saw the chemical treatment, re-read and saw you used heat as well. You really have whacked that little parasite over the head hard! I would wait to introduce fish until you have the temp down for over a week to see if it comes back, I suspect it would be good and dead after 2 weeks of your efforts.

    I have used this several times with great success. I keep dwarf shrimp, so chemical treatments that contain copper are not an option.

    Quarantine is your best bet against infectious disease entering your display tank. A quarantine tank can be a simple setup with a bare bottom, low light, heater, and an air stone, HOB filter, or even a sponge filter. 2-4 weeks of careful observation is a good idea. You can also use the quarantine as a hospital tank and treat infected fish there. However, with ich the parasite moves into the substrate after being released from the cyst on the fish so to eliminate it the tank must receive treatment. I prefer the heat treatment.

    You won’t hear of this from a pet store because then they can’t sell you all of those fancy chemicals, and generally the staff just know to point you to the right meds.

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