Ick and super stressed fish. - The Planted Tank Forum
The name Ichthyophthirius multifiliis translates to "fish louse with many children" and is given the nickname Ich, Ick or White Spot Disease.
Hi Childcaremom, You are right that most standard Ich treatments can be tough on your Pleco. If you are using Ich Guard (and not Ich Guard 2), you might want to cut back the dose to 1/2 strength. If you are able to, you might even pick up medication that is OK for scaleless fish so you can treat at full strength and get rid of it quick. You do not want to raise your heat with the fish you have. You’ll want to do a 25% water change every few days as well. One other thing. Make sure you are testing often for Ammonia and Nitrites. That is a lot of fish to start with in a small tank. As long as you test often and keep up on frequent water changes you can keep your water in good shape. Take a look here.
I am new to the entire fish thing. I run a home daycare and for it I was given a 20gallon aquarium, with a Power Filter that holds 2 carbon filters with bio-wheel (although I don’t have a wheel). The person that gave me the tank, all her fish had died so I had cleaned out the tank and filter as best I could, put in 2 new carbon filters, bought new plants (plastic) and new rocks/gravel. Once I had all this hooked up and running for about 2 days I went out and bought 1 plecko, 2 oranda fancy 1red fantail and 1 black moor. We put in a water heater and keep the water at about 74 ( as we were told the fish are cold water, but the plecko is warm). When the fish were put in the water I also added some Aqua Plus and some Cycle (I was told this would be okay). Now a week after having the fish they seem to have ick. all 4 fish look to have air bubbles stuck to their tails, and after reading a lot online have noticed all the white specks in the water (which I thought was just air from the filter). I had some ick guard and gave them 2 tsp of it, and have turned off their light. Am I doing this right or have I just harmed my plecko. I have been reading that you should turn up the temperature on the tank, is this still true with the fish I have. I also have a bucket of water sitting out, so that I can change a bunch of the water tomorrow before giving more ick guard. The carbon filters were taken out of the filter. Plese tell me what I am doing is correct and if there is anything else I can do. Sorry there is just to much info on the net that I don;t know which advice to take. Sorry I have rambled so much, but I’d rather the entire situation explained. I have also noticed since giving the ick guard that my black moor like to hide in the bottom back corner of the take behind one of the plants, and some times one of the orandas join him. Are they alright or is their ick progressed to far. Please help!! Thank you!!!
I bought two Boesemani Rainbow Fish recently and they have gotten ick
What is the best/quickest/safest way to cure my fish of ICH/ICK?