My fish has Ick

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 7on, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa

    I've begun treatment and I want to know should I run the water filter without the carbon filter in place?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Yes, remove the carbon filter before it removes the medication.

    Probably a good idea to replace all the filters, too, once the meds have cleared up the infection on general principles that you don't want residual parasites or medicines in there. If you are relying on your filters as a primary bacterial media, then you will have to change water more frequently to avoid ammonia buildup until you have reestablished sufficient growth to balance the nitrogen cycle.

    Temperature also controls the lifecycle of the Ichthyophthirius multifilius parasite; raising the temperature and raising the salinity will help -- do it gradually and only as far as your particular fish can tolerate.

    Remember your Dr. Seuss?

    "My fish is sick
    it's sick with ich"

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