Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

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1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.

Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:25 am

titanoboa100 wrote:I have been told by some people at pet stores that turning off the aquarium lights is best when treating ICK, do you guys adhere to this dogma?


Some people say fish are less stressed with lights aren't used, but there's no real benefit in it getting rid of the ich. It's more of a personal choice, in my opinion.
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby bertie 83 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:09 am

On the flip side changing the light cycle can stress the fish more. They are smart enough to like a day and night
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Lukedt95 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:45 am

How much tank water should I take out to mix salt with, about 50%?
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby bertie 83 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:48 am

I mixed the correct amount into a small amount of water, no reason why you can't include a w/c with it
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Lukedt95 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:50 am

bertie 83 wrote:I mixed the correct amount into a small amount of water, no reason why you can't include a w/c with it


I'd prefer to put the water I take out back in, just so she's not more stressed then needed. How much did you take out of the tank?
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby RTR on Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:44 am

It does not take a lot of water volume to dissolved the salt needed to treat Ich. But water partials are beneficial in reduction the active parasite load in the system. I have no issues at all with daily 50% partials.

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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Lukedt95 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:04 am

So for 14 US gallons I add 14 tea spoons of salt to a bit of removed water, dissolve it and then add it back to the tank, correct?
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Pufferpunk on Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:33 pm

I just add the salt to the impeller side of the HOB filter.
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby bertie 83 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:35 pm

It one measuring tea spoon is it not?
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Lukedt95 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:47 am

bertie 83 wrote:It one measuring tea spoon is it not?


Yeah, sorry I meant tea spoons.
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby bertie 83 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:36 am

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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby -Mailbox- on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:11 pm

I followed this method after an unexpected ICH outbreak. It was very easy to follow and worked flawlessly with no loss of puffer life. Thank you so much for documenting it!
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby Pufferpunk on Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:32 am

Great news!
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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby bertie 83 on Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:01 pm

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Re: Curing Ich: RTR's Salt & Heat Method

Postby RTR on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:42 am

I did not initiate this technique, it is even older than I am I suspect. I just was an early popularized on the web.
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