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and what ever you do do not add more salt
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Products like Rid Ich+ tell you to dose daily and seem to imply that the strength of their meds are formulated with that in mind.6. Be patient and resolved. Wait a minimum of two days before dosing the tank again. Some aquarists have had success waiting four days between treatments. Remember - you want to expose the maximum amount of theront cells to the medication for the longest possible time.
I waited days before doses at first, and believe this is part of what prolonged my problems. (skipping days seemed to drop the dosage in the tank below a level that would kill the parasite, giving it a window of opportunity to jump start its cycle again)
After trying rid ich+, ich cure, and an organic med for well over a month... two rounds of carefully measured and applied salt treatment was what finally helped me. You can read about my battles here: http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=18171
If you had a UV sterilizer, you could probably get away with not quarantining new fish.
If you have a UV sterilizer and quarantine new fish, you will likely never, ever have to deal with ich again.
Or you can live in fear of the next ich outbreak that wipes out half your tank's inhabitants. You engage in epic struggles against ich and your fish are often killed by the treatments rather than the disease itself.
The technology has been around for decades. A big red "Go away forever, ich, and never bother my fish again" button is sitting right there in front of you, just waiting for you to push it.
I just like having algae in my tank, and the sterilizer does not let it spread enough for my tastes
Also it's false that loaches do not tolerate salt. They do acclimate to salt quite well, IF the salinity is raised and lowered very slowly (slow as in days and weeks). The salt treatment takes good measuring skills, some knowledge of water chemistry, attention to detail, and patience; which is why I usually don't recommend it.
Loaches should not be subjected to salt permanently. Salt treatments are short-term and should last for only 3 weeks to 3 months.
So if UV and quarantining doesn't eradicate ich, what does? Not quarantining and using chemicals? Reading this forum, it doesn't sound like that strategy works very well especially when half the time it's the chemicals that kill the fish.
I usually recommend prophylactic treatments for the most common parasites while new fish are in quarantine. This will eradicate ich and many other pathogens just as long as there isn't any cross contamination between tanks. Quarantine procedures are only good if the main tanks are parasite free also.
If you want to believe that UV sterilizers eradicate ich, then believe it. I really don't care to argue about it any further. I will say that my main tanks have had UV sterilizers for 5 years now. 4 years ago, ich infected my clowns loaches and I lost 31 of 32 of them. I always quarantined new fish for at least 3 weeks also. The problem was, I didn't do any prophylactic treatments. I only treated for ich if I saw white spots on the body. I didn't realize how long ich could stay hidden in the gills, without infecting the body.
You do make a great point about having a UV in quarantine. UV would work great on a small bare bottom q-tank. It will do alot of good and may prevent ich outbreaks, but there are no guarantee's that it will. With all the tough strains of ich going around, minimum quarantine times need to 2 months these days.
I'm probably not going to get clown loaches again because no one can seem to agree on how to treat them if they get sick. Just about every piece of advise I recieved on this forum and other loach sites contradicted the other to where I was so confused and panicked that I made too many changes in a short period of time.
If any of you are reading this because you're in my situation. Trust your instincts and what your fish are telling you. When you decide on a treatment, stick with it and BE PATIENT! Otherwise your fish won't make it.
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