I went to the store a week ago because 1 of my mollies had ich. They told me to add some of the ich medicine inside and I did so. Also my Ph, and nitrite was extremely high. After I was done with the treatment the ich was not gone and my water was still a mess. I did a 25% water change and within 10 minutes all 5 of my glofish were dead. Then 2 hours later 3 of my cherry barbs were also dead. I added water conditioner to the water so it can't be that. I have a 60 gallon tank and have plenty of oxygen inside. Oh yeah, and after I changed the water I added some of the Easybalance solution I bought from petsmart to help control the nitrites and ph. Could it be that?
There are numerous issues here that may have resulted in your fish's demise. High nitrites, ich, ich meds, the additional chemicals added, ph changes from the chemicals & the possibility that you didnt add sufficent water conditioner (needs to be dosed to the size of your tank) are all possible factors. Likely it was a combination of all of these. Ich meds (or any med) will not work if your water is unhealthy.
Do you still have any fish left? My suggestion would be to return them to Petsmart & do a fishless cycle so your tank is prepared to house fish safely. The ich in the tank will die off after 3weeks or so. The ONLY chemical you should be adding to your tank is a good water conditioner such as Prime. Please ask if you have any questions!
I still have 5 mollies that are still alive and a few buenos aires tetras. Also, I do partial 25% water changes every 2 weeks and lately I've been doing them daily so I don't know what could be wrong. Oh and I have added enough water conditioner because I always add a full dose to all of my water afterwards. So thats 60 ml since it is 1 ml per gallon.
I use Top Fin water conditioner
You mention your adding the water conditioner after- this allows your fish to be exposed to lethal chlorine/chloramine. This would be enough to kill/sicken them. Either treat buckets of water prior to adding OR dose your tank BEFORE you fill it up. Please consider getting yourself a good water conditioner such as Prime- this will also help to limit the toxicity of ammonia, nitrite & nitrate. It will also be MUCH more economical in the long run because a capful will treat 50g.
did you put tap water in the tank with out letting the water sit over night or did you skip that and use water conditioner with out letting the conditioning water sit for 15 minutes? sorry for your loss.
First and foremost did your tank have enough time to properly cycle before you added all these chems to fix the numbers? Water very rarely is bad to start, you need to run the cycle thoroghly before you "fix" it. If not All those chems are doing is covering up your mistakes. Trust me I know, I was guilty of the same crime.
Warm the water up 24 hours before
This post was from over a year ago.
Don't use ditilled water! It's pure h20!it doesn't have the minerals the fish need!
This is probably to late but whenever you have ich in your aquarium you should turn up the heater in your aquarium to about 80-85 depending on the type of fish you have and then aquarium salt. This WILL get rid of ich within 5 days tops. Just make sure you read the instructions on how much salt to use for per your aquarium size. Also since aquarium salt doesn't evaporate make sure you do a water change after the ich has been treated to get rid of the salt (your fish will appreciate this). This is probably one the safest and most effective way to treat ich. Hope this helps somebody out there!
Maybe they were really stressed. Luckily mines love water changes and swim around my fingers,I have guppies though. I have had a Molly fish and they seem kind of timid. If you get more here's an idea , you could,when your doing the water change,if there's two people, one person could try and play with them, I make slow waves in the water and they love it,they come up to the top and bob around in the waves. It's pure comedy to watch and brings here stress level right down but again that's with guppies. I really hope that helps and please contact me if it did help!!!!
We thank you for your information but in the top right hand corner of peoples posts, it has how long ago it was posted and since this post is 2 years old it is no longer in use. Can you please refrain from posting on old posts.
I know this is an ancient thread but I feel the need to correct some information on it. In order to combat ich the temperaure of the water should raised, an hour at time, to ABOVE 85F. Raising it to 80-85f is not good for anyone except the ich, whose metabolism will speed up and therefor multiply faster as more an d mor eggs will hatch. It won't kill them.
On the other hand the free swimming stage of ich parasite is killed above 85F so raising their metabolism is a good thing as you get more ich at the stage where thet are vulnerable..
Also you will need to do daily substrate vacuuming to remove as many eggs as you can and the dead ich.