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Gottcha June 28th 04 04:40 AM

Curing ick
 
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told that
it will remove all medications from the water.



Iain Miller June 28th 04 09:35 AM

Curing ick
 

"Gottcha" wrote in message
...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told

that
it will remove all medications from the water.



Carbon will take any meds or plant ferts out the water - it works by
absorbtion. However, that also means it has a finite capacity and doesn't
work for very long in reality - maybe 4-6 weeks at most.

Its very useful to have around for removing meds etc when necessary but
generally isn't needed in your filter because it can also remove things that
you don't want to remove (i.e. plant food).

FWIW , the only cure I have ever used for Ich is Protazin by waterlife -
never failed, never lost a fish to it.

rgds

I.




Jbutterflie July 28th 04 05:55 PM

Curing ick
 
For my ick I used Aquarium Salt by Jungle and let the temp. stay at
80, I used a small platic ziploc with a few holes and clamped it to
the side of the tank and let it slowly dissipate in the water. The
inverts and neons haven't seemed to mind and they're all doing fine
with the temp the way it is. I haven't had an outbreak yet.





"Gottcha" wrote in message ...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told that
it will remove all medications from the water.


Paul Cassidy July 28th 04 07:47 PM

Curing ick
 
"Gottcha" wrote in message
...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add

kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told

that
it will remove all medications from the water.


I had a similar experience. I had some ick in the tank, started treatment
and got nowhere. The ick just got worse. Then I heard about the carbon, took
it out, re treated and it went away almost immedietely. Now it is possible
that it would have gone anyway, but without evidence to the contrary, I now
believe that removing the carbon is best.



surewest July 29th 04 03:04 AM

Curing ick
 
Boosting the water temprature during the med treatments
also helps. Seems the parasite goes through it's stages faster
in the 80 temps and kills more of them.





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"Paul Cassidy" wrote in message
...
"Gottcha" wrote in message
...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add

kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told

that
it will remove all medications from the water.


I had a similar experience. I had some ick in the tank, started treatment
and got nowhere. The ick just got worse. Then I heard about the carbon,

took
it out, re treated and it went away almost immedietely. Now it is possible
that it would have gone anyway, but without evidence to the contrary, I

now
believe that removing the carbon is best.





Uncle Sam July 29th 04 07:04 AM

Curing ick
 
I've had sucess with taking a fish and droping him into fresh water for 2 or
3 seconds. The different gravity pops the ick where the fish can be
re-introduced back into the tank. I havn't had any loss of stock by doing
this, you hvae to be careful not to leave ur fish in the freshwater too
long though.. they get stressed over it..
Good Luck
"Jbutterflie" wrote in message
om...
For my ick I used Aquarium Salt by Jungle and let the temp. stay at
80, I used a small platic ziploc with a few holes and clamped it to
the side of the tank and let it slowly dissipate in the water. The
inverts and neons haven't seemed to mind and they're all doing fine
with the temp the way it is. I haven't had an outbreak yet.





"Gottcha" wrote in message

...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add

kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told

that
it will remove all medications from the water.




Jeff August 7th 04 09:25 PM

Curing ick
 

"Uncle Sam" wrote in message
...
I've had sucess with taking a fish and droping him into fresh water for 2

or
3 seconds. The different gravity pops the ick where the fish can be
re-introduced back into the tank. I havn't had any loss of stock by doing
this, you hvae to be careful not to leave ur fish in the freshwater too
long though.. they get stressed over it..

Didn't you just take them out of fresh water?

Jeff82


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Paul Nolan August 8th 04 07:37 PM

Curing ick
 
Jeff wrote:
"Uncle Sam" wrote in message
...

I've had sucess with taking a fish and droping him into fresh water for 2


or

3 seconds. The different gravity pops the ick where the fish can be
re-introduced back into the tank. I havn't had any loss of stock by doing
this, you hvae to be careful not to leave ur fish in the freshwater too
long though.. they get stressed over it..


Didn't you just take them out of fresh water?

Unless it was a marine with white spot...

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mike d. August 25th 08 03:19 PM

Curing ick
 
I had three or four fish in a ninety-two gallon tank, and they got ick, and
I treated it(the tank) with the blue copper compound but I didn't remove
any charcoal. I don't know if my charcoal was old and spent, or if it just
didn't stop the action of the copper sulfate, but the fish very quickly &
very completely recovered. Mike.
"Gottcha" wrote in message
...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i add kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was told
that
it will remove all medications from the water.





NoSpam August 25th 08 07:51 PM

Curing ick
 

"mike d." wrote in message
. ..
I had three or four fish in a ninety-two gallon tank, and they got
ick, and I treated it(the tank) with the blue copper compound but I
didn't remove any charcoal. I don't know if my charcoal was old and
spent, or if it just didn't stop the action of the copper sulfate,
but the fish very quickly & very completely recovered. Mike.
"Gottcha" wrote in message
...
I recently had an ick outbreak in my tank and was wondering. If i
add kick
ick do i need to take my activated carbon out of my filter? I was
told that
it will remove all medications from the water.


Activated carbon absorbs what it can in about 1 week. Then it is
'used' and will do nothing. You should replace it.

If you had a UV sterilizer and a cleaner shrimp it would be rare that
you get ick in the first place, and if you do just increase the amount
of time the UV light is on.

If you get ick again dip the fish in a separate container of distilled
water or RO/DI water for around 1 minute.

You will NEVER get rid of all the copper (a poison) but do several 50%
water changes and you'll be able to reduce the amount.

3-4 pounds of live sand + whatever amount of white sterilized play
sand (home depot) will give you 100% live sand in around 9 months. For
a 6' tank you'd want a 3" sand bed.




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