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clowns and ich

Posted By: Alistair <amckerr@hotmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, 17 March 1999, at 8:05 a.m.

I was just reading an older posting from Hans and I thought I would pose the question it raised in my mind to the wider forum. Hans commented that as Clowns seem to require the highest water temp of all loaches (82F+) and that most casual aquariasts keep them at lower temps. At these temps they are much more susceptable to ich. It sounds obvious but it seems a most plausible theory and the best theoys always sound obvious (well, apart from relativity I suppose!). It seems to mirror my previous experience where I kept my community tank at around 78F and lost all my clowns to an outbreak, but since starting again and running the tank at about 82F not even so much of a sniff of a problem.

Does the ich database bear this out? What does everyone else think?