Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:48 am Post subject: white spots in tetras ... need help
Need some serious help from you experts in here i am very new as an fish hobbist and started off to try and set up with a tropical live plant tank.. Also added some tetras slowly. Recently off late i got some cardinal tetra and feather fin tetra off kurla market in mumbai and most of them have started to have these white spots . I did apply some API super ICK liquid yesterday night nut the water got cleared in 30 mins. I am not sure if the liquid is effective enough. Few tips i require from you guys i am sure i am going wrong somewhere as yesterday one of my cardinal fishes died may be because of this.
1> I had kept the filter running post pouring the medicine .. does having the filter running create an issue or should i turn if off ?
2> Will all my fishes eventually die of these disease .. Am really worried of this
3> How long should i keep using this medicine to ensure all gets completely cured ..
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:15 am Post subject: Re: white spots in tetras ... need help
Ick is a parasite in extreme case only fish dies, you can run filter but if you got activated carbon then remove it while treating with api ick, and better remove the affected fish to some quarantine tank, keeping water at 28 degree will prevent spreading, actually no need any medication when your water temperature is around 28-30, once ick life cycle complete your fish will become normal so no worries. and already you started using api so just follow the instructions given. once white spot is gone do a 50% water change.
Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:16 pm Post subject: Re: white spots in tetras ... need help
Add low doses of rock salt.
Add Rid-All Blue, or Merck Methylene blue.
Increase heater thermostat temperature to 28 degrees. and monitor the water temperature. It should be 28 degrees when your heater switches off.
Rid-All Blue, or Methylene blue will stop the parasite from propagating. This will also, unfortunately kill of the beneficial bacteria in your filter. This might cause ammonia spikes. The salt addition partially protects the fish's gills from ammonia burns. Watch out for signs of stress. You will need to do a water change, with fresh water containing proportional doses of methylene blue and rock salt to replace what you have removed.
Since the parasite cannot propagate, its number will eventually decline. The increased temperature will cause its life cycle to be quickened as well. This gets rid of the parasites which survive the salt and methylene blue, but are free floating or resting in your substrate.
Of course this cannot be done in a planted tank, and methylene blue will stain any and all decorations, including the air pipes and glass silicone joints.
Keep up the treatment and temperature for 3-4 days even after no white spots are seen, so as to kill any dormant Ich parasites as well.
Your tetra probably died as a result of ammonia spike caused by the decline in the filter bacteria, which may be due to the API medication. I personally do not like this exotic medication, since it causes secondary problems after initial treatment is complete.
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