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Newbie - Ick
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:01:34 PM »

After 2 weeks of having my three goldfish, one has developed ick 1 day after i did 30% water change.

I went to a petshop and bought ick treatment netlabs.co.uk aquarium #8

My tank is a 50l, I have a filter and air pump. I have just switched the heater on to 22deg and poured 10ml of ick treatment. The instruction on the bottle says this is a 7day treatment, does this mean I do this everyday for 7 days?

Any advice is much appreciated.

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Re: Newbie - Ick
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2012, 03:33:32 AM »

It probably means you need to leave the medication in for at least a week, if you need to add more dosages, that would say as well, for example: Day one 1ml per liter, Day two break, Day three 1ml per liter... etc

The tank size is a bit of a problem... you have two fish too many in there. I'd suggest starting to look for a 150-200 liter tank if you can Smiley That is still pretty small and easy to find/afford, and your fish will need it, or you'll have to struggle with ich, fin rot and everything else all the time Undecided

I hope they'll get better! And make sure you're following the package instructions religiously Smiley
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Re: Newbie - Ick
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012, 04:52:41 AM »

Hi tman,

As Nossie has said that tank is too small, as goldfish not only grow a lot, they also produce a lot of waste and so need sufficient space and adequate filtration, ideally around 10x the size of the tank. As your finding when these requirements aren't met, the fish are effectively living in their own toilet and can become ill.

As Nossie has suggested a 150 - 200 litre tank would be a good way to go and you would need filtration that does 1500 - 2000 litres per hour, preferably an external filter as these have more space for media than internal filters. Which is important for the beneficial bacteria to grow on, as the beneficial bacteria are the one's that deal with the waste in the tank Smiley

What type of goldfish do you have?
Are they single tailed like comets/shubunkins/commons or are they one of the fancy varieties?

I ask because single tailed fish need more space than fancy varieties, as they are much more active with swimming and need more room. So if you have single tailed fish, I would consider a much larger tank than suggested (if you can) or even consider a pond.

Let us know how you get on  Smiley
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Re: Newbie - Ick
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2012, 05:35:41 AM »

Hi Tman,
Yeah I also found the instructions of adding it everyday for a week confusing when my late goldfish got Ick. I did exactly what Nossie has suggested, every other day Smiley

The reason I discovered that you add it continuously is because the medication can force the parasites out of the fish but they can then latch onto any surrounding objects, like plants etc. By adding it the medication in throughout the week you are making sure you kill them when they are out of their host as they will only get back in again! So take extra care in adding it for a week, don't just stop when you see it is no longer in the fish Smiley

Good luck and let us know how you get on Smiley
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