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    Ick is a really common sickness. I know I had my share of outbreaks. Fortunately there are really good medication. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    What I want to know is, how can we all prevent ick from killing more of our innocent fish? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    In a properly maintained tank, you should most likely never get it. If your fish get ich a lot, then usually something is stressing them. Could be water temp, dirty water, over loaded fish load, aggressive fish stressing less aggressive fish, that sort of things.


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    As Elgecko states, stress is the biggest problem. This comes from overcrowding and/or fluctuating temperatures. When tropical fish are shipped, the shipping box normally says it is ~70 degrees, which is 5->10 degrees cooler than most fish tanks. Stable conditions and fewer fish will go a long way toward prevention.

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    How do you treat a scaleless fish for ick?
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    I don't remember, but I do remember seeing information on bottles of ich remedy, dealing with scaleless fish. It may be that it was to use half dosage for them.

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    jimscott is right. Usually it is half dosage, but there are special ick medicine for scaleless fish [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    -Thanks for the input guys, but we also need to be careful when we introduce new fish or plants, they might bring ick into your aquarium. Quarantine tanks are often suggested before introducing new fish or plants.
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    I used to work for a tropical fish wholesaler. We saw fish come in from all over the world. We could receive 200 or 300 platys or mollies in a bag and the fish could be in route for days. All bags are pumped with oxygen and all have some preventative medication in it. When we sent fish out to pet shops, we did the same thing, only on a significantly smaller scale and for much less time. Usually we had our fish sent in some furazone green. Ich and bacterial infections are what is in mind.

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    Thats really good! There are people, like you, looking out for us. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Unfortunately, some pet store owners recieve fish, don't take good care and they get sick. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    Uneducated people buy the fish and infect their tank. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    I just remember when I visited this pet store, all the fish were sick. Imagine a kid bugging their parent for a fish, who seems fine to an uneducated eye. Then the parent buys the fish and then it dies!

    We just need to be careful, but there are really good pet stores that take care of their fish.

    Good thing there are people like you, who take extra precautions [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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