Hi guys, first post so forgive me if I'm asking a stupid question ... but what's this UV business. I've got a purple light and a white light at the top of my tank is one of them UV?? If not should one of them be? I want to do everything I can to ensure the happiness of my swimmers.
Secondly, the dreaded Ich is what's brought me to this site. I'm the proud owner of 2 clowns , I've 22 babies but they're my faves by far. Today I noticed one of them has a single white spot on its side. And then on further inspection I noticed 1 of my rummy tetras has 2 on its dorsal fin. I'm paranoid about losing them to Ich and want to catch it at the very first sign but don't want to treat them for it if they don't have it. How the heck do I know?? All advice greatfully received!!!
I've 5 Harlequin Rasbora, 5 Rummy Nose Tetra, 4 Congo Tetra, 2 Angel, 2 Clown Loach, 2 Peppered Corydora, 1 Siamese Fighter (Betta) and 1 Feather Fin Syndontis.
I did my weekly water tests this morning.
PH7, Nitrate 5, Nitrite 0.3, Amonia 0.1. I thought these were ok. What you think??
In addition I normally keep the temperate at 26*C / 77F but in a panic over Ich I've increased the temperature to 28*C / 82F to stop any further infection until I can establish whether they have it or not
Ich doesnt work that way unfortunately, the higher the temp the faster it reproduces, thusly could easily make the situation worse. Below 70 f it reproduces slowly , somewhere between a week and two, in the midrange 70's its around the week to four days , in the 80's it can be every 4 days to 48 hours. Youll not save fish by hiking temps, thats something you'd do only in conjunction with meds to make sure the treatment time is short. Hiking temps on whitespot infected fish is apt to increase parasitation in half the time. Temps at which whitespot reproduction tends to fail are way into the 90's.Never hike the temps unless the meds are already in the water.The raise to 28 c wont stop it, it will actually provoke it into reproduction, potentionally increasing the problem by a factor of fifty, which is the amount of new parasites you get every time a single ich reproduces.
Clown loaches are med sensitive, its a lottery as to whether they survive treatments or not, you'd be better off with UV sterilisation TBH.