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My truly unpleasant morning

Posted By: Mark in Vancouver <markmark@telus.net>
Date: Monday, 4 July 2005, at 8:02 p.m.

Ah, ich... Well, yesterday afternoon I was surprised to see some flashing going on in the cold water river tank. Closer inspection showed that sure enough, one of the S. kongphengi had some spots of ich showing. None of the other fish seemed to have reached the cyst phase, but I figured if it's in the water there's no point in quarantining the one fish, so I dosed with Quick Cure at half dose after a water change.
This morning I went to check on the tank and saw what looked like a dead fish poking out from a cave. Getting at it necessitated removing one rock at a time...
Dead: L. disparis, 2 S. kongphengi, P. fasciatus, 2 S. pulchra.
You can imagine my horror. The pulchras showed no sign of cystic ich at all - they were just dead. Same with the disparis and fasciatus.
Now, the remaining fish, the various Acanthocobits, Beaufortia and S. mahnertii, and the pair of H. smithii show no signs of ich at all.
I have done a radical cleaning and water change and dosed with a new bottle of Quick Cure at half strength. I can remove the carbon, but I really don't want to increase the temperature, even though it might mean a longer treatment period.

I feel like such an ass! There are few things worse than allowing this to happen. Losing one fish sucks - losing half the fish in a tank is really appalling. Poor little guys.

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