Help treating whitespot in planted tank

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  1. Eight
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    Hi Guys,

    I got some rummynose's a week ago and saw this morning that they have whitespot. The tank is fully planted with ADA and CO2. What would be the best way to treat this? The tank is doing very well otherwise.
     
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    Bio-Elite's anti ich. :)
     
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    Indeed I have used it before in my tank with plants/loaches/unmentionables and they all made it.
     
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    Depending on your inmates but you can increase the temp to 32degrees and run it for two weeks like that. No meds. Bye bye Ich...
     
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    This is also my preferred method.. aerate a bit more, but easy to get rid of the nuisance this way.
     
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    It seems that there are two schools of thought for treating Ick. There is the "natural" way which consists of raising the temperature as stated above and possibly adding a bag of rooibos to your filter. From what I have read, this increases the speed of the natural life cycle of the Ick and the rooibos helps somehow. I have not tried this method but I know people who have with success.

    I have utilized medicine for the treatment of Ick. Specifically, I used the Daro Stop Ick treatment. I too have a planted tank with ADA. I split the recommended dosage into morning and evening and made sure that my tank had good aeration and/or water movement. It's done the trick for me at least twice. Also combined that with small water changes. With medicine, you do have to be extra careful if you have loaches and or invertebrates.

    Every person on this forum will have a method for treating Ick because it is so common. Either way treatment must continue for at least a few days after the Ick is no longer visible. See what everyone has to say and treat the problem sooner rather than later.

    Good luck and post your feedback.
     
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    Main thing is to treat it asap before secondary infection start to appear and you start loosing fish!
     
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    keep vaccumming the the botttom of the tank, ick "as in each little white spot" will break open and drop 100's of so called eggs,
    and will find their way to another fish, i personally take out the sick fish and deal with them separately,
    and always changing the tank once a day to keep the new eggs out
    good luck
     
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    Rooibos helps to improve the fish's immune system. So its a general and natural way to treat diseases. Also propably the cheapest. And you can do it as a general treatment to improve the fish's health even if they don't have diseases.
     
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    Sorry to necro a thread.

    Just wanted to check how often to apply the Daro Stop Ick (Once a day, etc?) And how should I do water changes with it?
     
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    Use Marlton's anti-ich, in actual fact it is the old King British brand of anti-ich that they rebottle and call it Marlton's anti-ich:S. It is highly effective and does not interfere with planted tanks, whilst high temps cause all sorts of die-0ffs of sensitive plants...

    My 2 cents worth, Dirk
     
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    does this stuff stain your tank silicon blue...?
     
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    Hi Trevor,

    Its the Methylene Blue that these meds contain that stain the silicon blue, just to confirm the chemical responsible. Most Ich medications contain Malachite Green and varying amounts of Methylene blue. I am sure this med does contain some methylene blue so the danger of staining your silicon does exist, but I from what I can see, the amount of methylene blue is relatively low. It importantly contains quinine, which none of the other meds do, and that is the really effective part of the medication which makes it so effective, and that is why the med does contain less Methylene Blue as well.

    I have used it on a number of tanks, but I have not noticed that their silicon is now blue.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     
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    Ok many thanks Dirk, good to know.. as I always try and avoid this, fortunately have not had ich for many a year.. touch wood.
     
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    Don't have a heater for the tank and don't want to use one because one of the inmates are temperature sensitive.
    Hence why we are using the stop ick, any suggestions on dosage and water changes? I swapped out 8 liters yesterday and added 2 drops (only directions are 1 drop per 4 liters)
     
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    Then I would take Dirks advice above...
     
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    Also remove activated carbon and add copper sulphate... But small doses big ones will kill plants and invertebrate
     
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    Hi Warren,

    Yes, it is quite correct to remove the activated charcoal, but I would be very wary of adding copper sulphate. It was one of the old remedies for white spot but it pretty much intoxicates everything as well. That is also why it is no longer used in modern medications against ich. Its only the elcheapos that now contain copper sulphate....

    Kind regards,

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    Really "quinine" ... hmm same stuff in Indian tonic water, that mixed with Gin probably one of the reasons why the British did so well in Africa with all the malaria. Think I calculated that I would need to drink 4 litres 3 times a day to get anywhere near a maintenance dose to avoid malaria when travelling.

    Later Ferdie
     

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