Ick Remedy

Ick Remedy
Product No. ML90657
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Ick, commonly known as white spot parasite, is associated with fish stress like poor water quality, temperature fluctuations or new fish additions.  Ick is easy to treat and with long term healthy water conditions you can prevent reinfection.
  • Treats external parasites and final infections
  • Clears white spot disease fast
  • Will not harm biological filter

is this product safe to use with plants and invertebrates? i'm noticing some ich spots on my fish, and i want to treat the whole tank to be safe. There are live plants, snails, and shrimp in the tank as well, and i don't want to harm them.

Asked by: CoreyStJean
Definitely not safe with the snails and the shrimp. As long as the tank is properly maintained and you keep filtration going, etc., it is safe for the plants. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-08-27

When it says to do a 25% water change, do we need to stick to that exactly? Or can we just remove a fair amount of water? I've got a 20 gallon tank. What does the water change promote? Removal of infection?

Asked by: jthornton
You can remove anywhere from 10% to 33%. You really don't to remove more than that as you can damage your biological filter. The water change keeps the water quality up as meds can cause it to deteriorate. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-05

I just purchased this product for 2 Mollies in my 10 gallon tank who are showing white spots on their bodies. The instructions are a little confusing. For each day of treatment do I use another dose of the "Ick Remedy"? Please reply ASAP. Thank You.

Asked by: Daisy2013
Yes, do a partial water change, just a small one, and re-dose once a day or every 24 hours, until all spots are gone. You asked a question about the corydoras cats as well, and yes, it is safe for them. Just be sure to not overdose this product, and keep your filter and air pumps operating. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-20

 Yes, the Ick Remedy works great on getting rid of the ick on my fish, but how do you get the stain off your fingers, that of course,  accidentally got obtained while treating. 

Asked by: Livi
It will wear off on its own in a few days, but you can use vinegar, nail polish remover (with acetone), or try rubbing alcohol. AquaSafe Plus, a water conditioner, may also remove it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-07

Is there any information about whether Seachem's Purigen filtration media will filter out this medication? I pulled my activated charcoal out and wanted to know if I should pull the Purigen as well.

Asked by: jseratt
As this is a competitor's product, it would be best if you contacted them. We are unable to advise on other company's products, unfortunately, since we do not have access to their technical specifications. However, I am sure their website would be most useful. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-07

Is it safe for sun/eclipse catfish? 

Asked by: Kay98
No, we would not recommend it for catfish since they are scaleless. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-06

After putting in my first dose, when do i put back in my carbon filter?

Asked by: Tim88
Tim88, Thank you for your inquiry. You would put the carbon filter cartridge back into the filter system once the complete treatment is done. Typically you will be treating every 24 hours for about 4-6 days with a 25% water change prior to each treatment being added to the aquarium. After the final treatment you would want to wait 24 hours and then add the cartridge back to the filter. Thank you, Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-03-03

Used this in my 300 discus tank with 3 Imperial Flower Loaches. The Loaches are gasping real bad, lost 1 of them and I am wondering if this product is toxic to them? I moved 2 of them to my nano, still alive but don't look good. All others are OK.

Asked by: Murfman
Murfman, Thank you for your question. However, Loaches are scaleless fish and may be more sensitive to chemicals that are introduced to the aquarium. Thank you, Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-03-03

I am a little confused by the directions on the bottle. Do I treat my tank every 24 hours for 4-6 days or after treating for one day wait 4-6 days then treat every 24 hours? I don't want to overdose my tank. Thank you! 

Asked by: Morgans5
Morgans5, Thank you for your inquiry. The product is a 24 hour treatment cycle with a 25% water change before each treatment into the tank and then retreat for 4-6 days. After the final treatment, you would perform another 25% water change and then add the carbon filter pad back to your system. Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-03-19

I use ick remedy when introducing new fish as a precaution. Just a dose but I Forgot what to do after. I just do one dose. But when should I do a water change and re introduce the carbon filter - after 6 days? 4? Should I do another dose? 

Asked by: Vladdy
Vladdy, Thank you for your inquiry. Ick Remedy is a 24 hour treatment. You would want to use the product, then after 24 hours do a 25% water change and add the filter cartridge back to the system. If you are planning on retreating after the 24 hours, then just perform the 25% water change and then add the treatment back to the tank. Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-02-27

Do I dose my tank everyday or every 4 to 6 days? Directions are unclear 

Asked by: Vince1234
Vince1234, Yes, you treat every 24 hours with a 25% water change being performed before the new treatment is added to the tank. Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-03-10

If I have an empty tank that still has the ich parasite will putting extra medication in the empty tank and raising the temperature, treat the tank of the parasites currently inside?

Asked by: evaaa
Evaaa, Thank you for your inquiry. However, I would raise the temperature to 82 degrees if you can, and continue treating the tank for the appropriate amount per the tank size. Christina
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-02-27

I'm confused after reading some responses here: is this product safe or not for freshwater aquarium plants? I've already treated my 20 gallon tank with the rec. dosage. Should I remove my live plants?

Asked by: Charlene
The main ingredient in this product is Victoria Green, otherwise known as Malachite Green, which is not safe for live plants, invertebrates or sensitive fish such as scaleless fish, in general. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-10

I accidentally added 2 teaspoons to my 10 gallon tank. Realized mistake did an immediate 50% water change. Fish are hanging out at the top of the tank now. Help!

Asked by: Tammi73
The partial water change was the right thing to do, and you can increase aeration in the tank. Add fresh carbon to the filter as well, to pull the medication out of the water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-22

My dog ingested this when he bit into the bottle. Is this poisonous for dogs? Do I need to rush him to the vet? Not sure what the ingredients are as he chewed through the label.

Asked by: KaleyK
The main ingredient is Victoria Green. I will email the SDS sheet to you directly, but as long as he did not consumer the entire bottle, or a large portion of it, he should be fine. Watch for signs of diarrhea as a dog eating anything not normal to his diet, can get a very upset tummy. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-10

can't read instructions on label, Where can I find a written usage instructions on your web site? Thaank

Asked by: ickie
We do not have them on our site at this time. We are in the process of updating the site, however, and they will appear on there eventually. In the meantime, we will email them to you directly. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-06

I understand the main ingredient is Victoria Green. Are there any other ingredients in this product? Should gloves be worn when handling?

Asked by: AquariumNewbie
The other ingredient is nitromersol. Victoria green will stain aquarium sealant and other materials, so you may want gloves to prevent it from staining your fingers. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-06

is this plant safe, please answer asap. my fish are dying

Asked by: petethefish
No, it is not plant safe. We would recommend removing the live plants and placing them in a bucket of water while treating the tank. To kill anything on the plants, use potassium permanganate. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-02

My carbon is pretty much dead (over 3 months) and due for a change, so rather than unplug the filter (a Fluval 205), pull the carbon, reinstall, & reprime, could I just add the Ick Remedy to the existing water & change carbon after treatment? 35gal tank.

Asked by: Pappy
Yes, the carbon should not pull the medication out. That being said, your filter is very overdue for a cleaning so the organic matter may present some issues, but as long as you do a small partial water change prior to dosing the tank, you should be okay. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-02-01

Is this safe to use with aquatic frogs

Asked by: Will21
No, absolutely not. No medication should be used in a tank with aquatic frogs as they can absorb chemicals through their skin. To treat the fish, remove the frogs until the treatment is over, do a partial water change at the end, and run fresh carbon for several hours, then place the frogs back in the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-23

We have 2 mollies with Ick in our 28 gallon Marineland tank. Are we supposed to remove the filter cartridge from the filter? It says to remove the carbon cartridge from the tank.... Is that what it means?

Asked by: SUPER NEWBIE FISH LOVER
Yes, that is exactly what it means. Dependent on what type of filter you own, you remove the carbon cartridge or filter cartridge, carbon pack, etc., from the system. Leave the filter operating, however, to provide oxygen. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-16

Can I use this on my beta fish?

Asked by: Wehiggins2004
Yes, it is safe to use on bettas. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-16

can this be used on red tail shark or other non scaled fish

Asked by: jessales
No, we do not recommend this for scaleless or sensitive fish. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-16

Can this be used on bettas?

Asked by: DentedDiva
Thank you for your interest in Marineland products! Yes, it can definitely be used with bettas as long as your tank is filtered, and heated. Do not use it if he is just in a room temperature bowl. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-10

how do i use the product

Asked by: jayb
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland water care product! Do a small partial water change prior to each dose. Remove the carbon from your filter system, but keep your filter in operation. Dose every 24 hours until the spots are completely gone. It is also a good idea to dose one time, about 7 days after the last dose to ensure you have removed all of the larvae from the tank. This product is not recommended for sensitive or scaleless fish, invertebrates, snails, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-05

Are you supposed to dose this everyday? Or once every 4-6 days?

Asked by: Jonathan D
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland product. You would dose every 24 hours until the fish are no longer showing spots. This could take up to 7 days. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-17

Hi is this safe to use for a dragon bichir fish? He is in a 60 gallon tank and has a fungus on his skin. 

Asked by: Wehiggins2004
No, he is a scaleless fish, and this medication is not recommended for such fish. You will have a hard time finding a safe treatment for him. I would recommend a partial water change of 30% as a lot of times, water changes are all that is needed to improve the health of a fish. If that does not resolve his issue, try a half dose of Marineland All In One Treatment. Watch him closely and if he reacts to it negatively, be prepared to treat the water with a de-chlorinating water conditioner to remove the medication. Follow the directions on the package carefully, and call us if you have questions. 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-03

Hi is your product ick remedy considered reef safe and invert friendly?

Asked by: Reefcrazy
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland product! Unfortunately, no, it would not be safe for either. The main ingredient is Victoria Green, which is definitely not recommended for marine environments. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-29

can i use this for saltwater? or is it for freshwater use only?, because on this container doesnt specify for wich use. what brand is the best to cure ich from a saltwater?

Asked by: Monika
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland product! The main ingredient in this product is Victoria Green, and it is not recommended for use in marine aquaria. We would recommend Instant Ocean LifeGuard, which is also one of our products. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-28

Is this ick treatment safe for gold skirt and blood fin tetras?

Asked by: Newby16
Most parasitic medications are not necessarily safe for tetras, in general. We are unable to speak to particular species, as the condition of the tank plays a large part in these cases as well, but we do recommend trying a half dose initially, to see how the tetras handle it. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-19
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