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Old 12-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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I noticed today that one of my Tiger Barbs has these white spots on its fin and swims vertical face pointing towards gravel. Could somebody please tell me if it is Ich? Why he swimming verticals? And how to treat it. See pic below
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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looks like it is pretty advanced...i am sure it is extremely stressed ....i would suggest treatment right away..
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by lohachata View Post
looks like it is pretty advanced...i am sure it is extremely stressed ....i would suggest treatment right away..
What is the best way to treat so my other fish won't get it? I have some ick clear. Which are these white tablets. Would've have to isolate the barb from the other fish?


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Old 12-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #4
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Your tiger barb has ich. Treat immediately with ich medicine, Rid-Ich will kill the ich. Also I would raise the temp up to 86 degrees slowly. Raising the temp will help the medicine work at killing the ich, plus it will speed up the life cycle of the ich. Make sure you take the carbon out of your filter as the carbon will make the medicine ineffective.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Once you have a fish with ich, they all have it, even though they are not showing signs of having ich. So I would treat the main tank.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #6
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Your tiger barb has ich. Treat immediately with ich medicine, Rid-Ich will kill the ich. Also I would raise the temp up to 86 degrees slowly. Raising the temp will help the medicine work at killing the ich, plus it will speed up the life cycle of the ich. Make sure you take the carbon out of your filter as the carbon will make the medicine ineffective.
I'm going to have to go out get some tmrw. Local pet store closed. Or i can use these white ick clear tablets I have To remove carbon from filter just cut a hole n filter and take out?




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Old 12-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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just remove the entire cartridge....this is one of the reasons why i never use filters that take cartridges....they are expensive to maintain and if left in the filter too long they will start to leach toxins back into the tank.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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just remove the entire cartridge....this is one of the reasons why i never use filters that take cartridges....they are expensive to maintain and if left in the filter too long they will start to leach toxins back into the tank.
Okay, thanks for the help. I have a 50 gallon tank. i use a Bio wheel 150 and an Aqua clear 30-60. What kind of Filter do you use? Or recommend!


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Old 12-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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i use only aquaclear filters...i almost never use carbon unless i want to remove meds or discolorations...i have aquaclear filters where i have nad the foam blocks last me for 5 years or more.....that's a lot of savings over the cartridge type filters...and if i want to use carbon i just tie some up in a section of pantyhose and place it in the filter...take it out a couple of weeks later and reactivate it...unless i am feeling too lazy ; then i just toss it..
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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Banks, check out the thread on treating ick- look under freshwater, subforum "diseases." The very first sticky article titled "ick in my tank..." There is a response from jones57742 that gives good instructions for treating ich using aquarium salt and gradually increasing temp. Used correctly, aquarium salt is very effective, and ick is vulnerable to temps at the free swimming stage. Salt is also easier on the tank than some of the meds you buy. I always keep it on hand. Just to be clear, this is not table salt.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by C. King View Post
Banks, check out the thread on treating ick- look under freshwater, subforum "diseases." The very first sticky article titled "ick in my tank..." There is a response from jones57742 that gives good instructions for treating ich using aquarium salt and gradually increasing temp. Used correctly, aquarium salt is very effective, and ick is vulnerable to temps at the free swimming stage. Salt is also easier on the tank than some of the meds you buy. I always keep it on hand. Just to be clear, this is not table salt.
I just read the thread on how to use aquarium salt for treating ich. It's a real good thread. Right now i have two barbs in the tank that I can see that have it. I already started using Ich rid plus to treat my ich problem. Hopefully this will work. Next time I'll try the aquarium salt instead if using chemicals. Thank for the help and bringing that thread to my attention.


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