MDBuckeye Posted January 12, 2022 Share Posted January 12, 2022 (edited) A little background, I recently got back in the hobby a little over a year ago after watching nearly ever single one of Cory's videos. One tank turned into two, and then eventually merged those 2 into one big one. When I as a kid and in the hobby I just do not remember ick being such a problem, but ever since I introduced neons and cardinal tetra's into the aquarium, ick has been a continuous headache, even after I quarantined the fish for 3 weeks. For the last month and a half, my 75 gallon heavily planted community tank has been fighting a horrible ick outbreak. I have followed the directions to Ick-X of 5ml per 10 gallons, do a 1/3 water change every five days, and repeat. I also raised the temp to speed up the process. Even after this, I can't seem to get the ick to stop. I thought I may be under dosing, but when I tried a little more than the recommended amount, and I experienced a massive die off losing12 fish. After the die off, I almost wanted to get out of the hobby. The only thing that kept me going was the fact the panda cory fry lived which gave me hope that I could restore balance to the aquarium. A couple things to note: When I do water changes it is hard to gravel vac everywhere due to all the plants. I do NOT use carbon in the filter. It appears that the cardinal tetras are the fish that are most effected by the out break. The spots do appear on some of my other fish making it hard to separate the infected fish in a quarantine tank being that it is most likely the whole tank is infected. No new fish were added to the tank in over three months. I am afraid to use salt due to the plants, but truly don't know what to do anymore. I am also afraid that prolonged use of Ick-X is going to cause more fish to die. Any recommendations? Is my only option to stay the course with Ick-X until it finally clears up? Should I just use salt and replace the plants that die? I know I am still new to the hobby, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Edited January 12, 2022 by MDBuckeye Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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