Ick in middle of cycling the tank

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So I am cycling my tank and my readings are Ammonia 0, Nitrite 5.0 ppm, Nitrate 5.0 ppm, PH 7.4 and temp 86.4 F. I am doing 25% water changes every other day with Prime water conditioner. My Oscar got Ick so that’s why I raised the temp to 86.5. In my other tank, raising the temp took care of the Ick. And my Jack & Pleco in the 75gal tank don’t have Ick (the pleco never did, the jack’s cleared up with higher temp in1 day). Why are the ick spots on my Oscar’s fin getting a little worse, rather than better, while the spots on my Jack are completely gone? What should I do, should I use any medication?

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

It really depends on how many of the parasites the fish had to begin with. The white specs you see are just before they fall off the fish. Its common to see an increase in the white spots after raising the temp and they won't leave all the fish in the tank at the same time. Give it a couple more days and you should see a rapid decrease in the number of spots.
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

Are you sure it's Ick?
Can you post a clear picture?
do the spots look like grains of salt?

My red has some odd "bubble like" spots , on his fins only, but they just come and go over the years, without any treatment, but the usual wc's.
My tiger never shows any of the same symptoms...
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Mayhem replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

JasonR wrote: It really depends on how many of the parasites the fish had to begin with. The white specs you see are just before they fall off the fish. Its common to see an increase in the white spots after raising the temp and they won't leave all the fish in the tank at the same time. Give it a couple more days and you should see a rapid decrease in the number of spots.


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Noddy wrote: Are you sure it's Ick?
Can you post a clear picture?
do the spots look like grains of salt?

My red has some odd "bubble like" spots , on his fins only, but they just come and go over the years, without any treatment, but the usual wc's.
My tiger never shows any of the same symptoms...


Here are some pictures that I took just right now sorry about the noise

[attachment:1]C:\fakepath\Ick on Mayhem.JPG[/attachment]

[attachment:2]C:\fakepath\Ick on Mayhem 1.JPG[/attachment]

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Mayhem replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

Sorry it’s not working I try again latter

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Mayhem replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

Ok now there are a few white dots on his tail

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Mayhem replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

oscarfishlover.com/helpful-articles/whitespot

As this article says I am going to start the salt bath in addition to the temperature treatment, does anyone know how much salt I can use? (the article says 3-4 tablespoons per 5 G)

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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: Ick in middle of cycling the tank

I would seriously skip the salt...
We have proven time and time again it is not necessary...

Just raise the temp to 86F and leave it there for 10 days AFTER the last spot is gone..
Make sure you have a LOT of oxygenation in the tank as higher temps cause the lessening of oxygen!
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