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Ich with my malawian cichlids

11 years 3 months ago #9900 by
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add salt everytime you do a water change. 

I have used 1/4 cup (a handful or so) without bad effect on malawians.  You can do double this strength and they will not suffer.  Gradually add the salt and gradually subtract it when done.

loaches and cats hate salt and will suffer from it. 

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11 years 3 months ago #9636 by gp98
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I am suppose to add salt everyday, correct? Because I am currently doing that. I did a water cahnge yesterday so I added 11 tablespoons of salt in my 55gal. Is that enough or should I be adding more or less?

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11 years 3 months ago #9608 by Snake42490
I always did water changes... If you do good water changes you could be sucking some of the parasite out.. it could be in small amounts but hey... its still getting rid of something. If you were to do a water change i would add a little more salt again.

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11 years 3 months ago #9602 by gp98
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Ok, I raised the temp. and have been adding salt for the last two days. It seems like it is working since the fish aren't scratching against the rocks and plants. I will continue this for the next week. Do I have to do water changes everyday before adding the salt or can I just keep adding the salt? Will it hurt teh fish if there is to much salt added?

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11 years 3 months ago #9554 by dragonkeeper
Here is an article that I wrote on dealing with Ich.

www.gcca.net/gccaforum/index.php/topic,706.0.html



Good luck and keep us updated.

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11 years 3 months ago #9550 by duanest
Salt will kill ich, but it must be 3 parts per thousand or higher to lyse the freeswimming protozoa. And it will only kill at the two stages when the parasite is free swimming. When its on the fish, or encysted in the substrate it's invulnerable, no matter what medication you use.
If you know someone with a conductivity/salinity meter you can check your salinity in a matter of seconds, your LFS my have one, or if you know someone that works at the local drinking water/or wastewater facility, so you must maintain treatment after the spots re gone.
3 ppt makes the water taste salty,  and won't hurt malawians. The last time my fish had ich, I gradually added 10 lbs of water softener salt to about 300 gallons and let it stay at >3ppt for a little over a month, = ich was gone in days,  but the parasites hatch out it different intervals.
Ich is thought to be ever present, but generally only gets a foothold when fish are put under stress.
Adding new fish is a stressor, as is  drop in temp, a change in pH, ammonia spike, any abrupt change.
The ich parasite may have already been in your tank, but in check because your tank was at equilibrium, the new additions may have temporarilly upset it.

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11 years 3 months ago #9548 by Snake42490
I had a bunch of problems with ick a couple years back. I literally tried everything salt.. the meds and what not. Raised the temp. The final thing to all of that that made me survive 1 bout of it was a uv sterilizer.. I could be completely wrong about it but i figured it must kill the parasite when it goes through the filter. I had a 9 watt hooked up to a 55 gallon with a little sponge in the filter only! good luck with all of it.

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11 years 3 months ago #9545 by Nuchal Man
I would spend the money and eliminat the ich in your tank. The ich parasite goes through cycles, one, I believe the larvae stage of the parasite is in the substrate.

Good chance the fish got ich from being improperly acclimated to your tank conditions with the change in temperature being a good bit different, or just from stress.

Try a product with copper like quick cure. Copper helps kills off the parasite as does salt, but not as well. Raising the heat is good, but doesn't actually kill the parastie, but rather make its life cycle shorter.

I have a confession. I'm a cichlaholic.

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11 years 3 months ago #9542 by gp98
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I have a 55gal that I had started up before adding my fish. I had some cichlids in it and than I bought some more cichlids at the swap meet. Now I saw that some of them have Ick, I have up the temp and added salt. Is there anything else I can do to treat this? Also, what causes this, and why did it occur after I added the new fish from the swap meet? Also, can I put all the fish in a smaller tank, like a 10gal so that I can easily change the water and so I don't have to spend so much on the medicine? Please help!!!

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