Ich and snails

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

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.
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Ich and snails

Post by jread002 »

Need some advice. I have some new tetras in a qt tank for the past week I was going to add to the school I have with my fahaka. Today I found a few of the new fish in my tank have ick. First time in 10+ years of keeping fish I've had to deal with ich. I also found a few spots on some tetras in my main take with my fahaka. Treating both tanks with ich-x. My main concern is I have a 10 gal tank that I'm breading rams horns in for the fahaka. And I believe last week when I did water changes downstairs on the qt tank I accidentally used the same bucket to do a water change with my snail tank. Im worried I could have cross contaminated my snail breeding tank. Not very familiar with ich and if it can live on snails. Not sure what I should do. If it's possible for ich to infect snails I don't want to feed them to my puffer. I've read ich can't live more than 2 weeks without a host. If ich can't infect snails should I just not feed the puffer snails out of that tank for a few weeks? Or should I just scrap the snail tank and start over. I'm not sure what effects ich can have on snails if any. I might be over thinking it but I'd better be safe than sorry. Probably 100+ ramshorn in the 10g , would hate to throw them out. Any suggestions would be great
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Re: Ich and snails

Post by Pufferpunk »

I would QT the snails for 3 weeks. They can get busy during that time! ;)
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