Re: [Freshwater Aquariums] Re: HELP with new 10 gallong tank!
- You have a nice name, too. :)
"Sorry Patrick (did I mention your great name BTW?), but Ich is a parasite
and not a disease. Like anchor worm or even pond snails, ich is something
you either have or you don't have in your tank. Bad water conditions do not
It is my opinon that ich isn't something you really need to worry about.
It isn't a disease. I said it was a symptom of a disease, not that this is
a disease as a doctor would thing about it. It is a parasite that can't be
removed from a tank without heavy doses of chemicals. The cause of fish
getting infected with the parasite is water conditions or some other
physical stress to the fish. It is my belief, based on experience of myself
and others, that ich is not deadly to fish. Water conditions are the key
and water changes are the cure. If the stress to the fish is removed, the
fish will get stronger and prevent more ich parasites from being able to
attach themselves. At the same time the ich on the fish will eventually
fall off as part of their natural life cycle. Temperature is only to speed
up the life cycle so the ich on the fish will fall off a little faster, not
to kill the ich. Temeratures to kill the ich would not be good for the fish
The problem is that most people spend so much time treating the ich that
they ignore the fact that the fish had to be stressed before it could have
been attacked by the parasites. I would rather remove that stress by doing
water changes than try to kill the ich.
On the other hand, if I had a fish with a bad case of ich I would give
it a medicine or salt dip. That would be a last resort.
Really good name, by the way.
aka the other Patrick...
About my tanks:
29 gallon tank.
-I have 5 glolights, 2 neons and 3 black neons, 3 skirt tetras, 2
home-raised mollies, 1 home raised guppy, 4 Otocinclus catfish, 2 albino and
3 juli cories, 1 pleco, one female betta, and 1 paradise gourami. I do not
recommend this setup for starting a new tank!
-Plants: "hardy" aponongetons, red tiger lotus, banana plants, java ferns,
hornwort, and amazon swords.
-Single 20 watt 5000K light, plain gravel, Regent 30-60 power filter.
Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 30ppm, KH 2°, pH 6.4.
10 gallon tank.
-Multiple bettas, all born in June.
-Plants: hornwort, red tiger lotus, amazon sword
-2 10 watt 6500K mini fluorescent lights, plain gravel in spots, sponge filter.
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