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I have a 55 gal tank that contained 2 blood parrot cichlids, 2 sevrum cichlids, some tiger barbs and skirted tetras. Nitrates and ammonia both tested at 0, PH 7.4, and water temp 78F. I tried to surprise my wife by sneaking some red tiger barbs into her tank. After watching the blood parrots actively hunt the new tiger barbs, we decided to remove the tiger barbs from the tank until they got a little bigger. About 2 days later we noticed first signs of ick on the larger of the sevrums. I started treating immediately with melafix.. After treating everyday for 7 days per the instructions on the bottle, the fish were looking worse by the day. I got panicky and went and bought some super ick cure. I did a 10% water change and treated with super ick cure, and added aquarium salt. After 48hrs, the fish health was still deteriorating, so I did a 25% water change, put the charcoal filters back in and let it run 1/2 the day, then treated again with super ick cure, 48 hrs later all the fish were dead.

It`s too late now because all the fish have died except for the red tiger barbs that I had just bought. I just want to know what I could have done differently. Did I over medicate? I assumed that the new fish brought in the disease, but the new fish are still doing well. Thank you
 

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it could have been that you over medicated but sometime some fish can get hit pretty hard by ich, once i had 5 clown loaches who got it and i treated it very early and they still didn't make it.i don't think that you over medicated though, melafix usually is not super strong and for ich it is usually best to use strong treatments like ich medication and stuff like methylene blue just make sure that it is safe for your fish
because some medications will kill some fish instead of helping them
 

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I have a 55 gal tank that contained 2 blood parrot cichlids, 2 sevrum cichlids, some tiger barbs and skirted tetras. Nitrates and ammonia both tested at 0, PH 7.4, and water temp 78F. I tried to surprise my wife by sneaking some red tiger barbs into her tank. After watching the blood parrots actively hunt the new tiger barbs, we decided to remove the tiger barbs from the tank until they got a little bigger. About 2 days later we noticed first signs of ick on the larger of the sevrums. I started treating immediately with melafix.. After treating everyday for 7 days per the instructions on the bottle, the fish were looking worse by the day. I got panicky and went and bought some super ick cure. I did a 10% water change and treated with super ick cure, and added aquarium salt. After 48hrs, the fish health was still deteriorating, so I did a 25% water change, put the charcoal filters back in and let it run 1/2 the day, then treated again with super ick cure, 48 hrs later all the fish were dead.

It`s too late now because all the fish have died except for the red tiger barbs that I had just bought. I just want to know what I could have done differently. Did I over medicate? I assumed that the new fish brought in the disease, but the new fish are still doing well. Thank you
Sorry to hear this…

Treating ick….. I never use any type of medication. Instead, I raise the temperature in the 90’s. When I do this, I also add Aquarium Salt to help with Fish’s gill function and the salt will also help heal ‘ick wounds’ as the ick fall off.

The rationale behind the heat is that the ick will not Be able to reproduce at high temperature.

Please google ‘Treating Ich with High Temperature’
 
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