Aquarium Forum banner

1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
51 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Unfortunately, I went on vacation and left my tank in not the best of hands. When I came back I had a badly effected bala shark. When I came home from work today he was swimming upside down and died shortly after. Then I started looking around, some of the other fish are showing signs of being infected. Searching the tank I found my button nose pleco dead on the bottom as well. Hopefully I do not lose them all.

What do you guys think about salt and temp. treatment. Where you add a little more aquarium salt, and slowly raise the temp. Trying to stay away from chemicals as I have plants. Or, I have a 10 gal laying around would it be good to move all the fish over to that and try to treat them there or move the plants over and treat in the existing tank.

Thanks
 

·
Water Chemistry/ LiveBearer Specialist
Joined
·
343 Posts
If you found a dead fish rotting in the tank, you probably have some ammonia in the water from that. Try a large water change and see if the fish don't perk up right away. Leave the salt for the fish and chips, it doesn't belong in your freshwater tank. High temperatures will reduce available oxygen, not exactly what you want when the fish have any nitrites present from processing more ammonia than usual.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
51 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
already did and the ammonia came to 0. I didn't check it before, I use prime water treatment. I will check it again tomorrow, maybe do a 10% or so just in case. do you suggest a medication that is ok for plants or should I switch them out?
 

·
Pleco n bn breeder n BOSS
Joined
·
7,685 Posts
You can do a 50% water change and slowly raise the temp to about 88, but doing so you need to add an airstone to the tank to help bring o2 into it for the fish. Some salt won't hurt most fish and plants but to totally get rid of the ich you will need to treat for 10 days doing water changes every couple of days and adding some salt. After 10 days do a 50% water change a couple of times to remove the salt and slowly lower the temp back to normal.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top