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

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?

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

will the product harm your fish if you do not remove activated carbon filter cartridge

Asked by: kendall56
Thank you for your question regarding this Marineland product! No, it certainly won't harm anything; the carbon will pull the medication our of the water, so it is not effective. Basically, the treatment is wasted. If you left the carbon in the filter, we would just recommend removing the carbon, and dosing the tank with a full dose again. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-19

Is this safe to use with inverts , like snails and shrimp in tank ?

Asked by: law1977
Thank you for your interest in this product. Unfortunately, no, it is not. We do not make a parasitic medication that would be safe for them. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-12

What fish are not safe to use this product with

Asked by: Seth7sully
Basically any that are scaleless or sensitive such as most tetras, ram cichlids, loaches, most catfish, eels, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-05

does it treats gill flukes?

Asked by: zen09
Thank you for your interest in this Marineland product! Yes, it is effective against gill flukes as well as ich. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-01

I have just purchased the ick remedy and I am a little confused on the instructions. Do I dose my fish every day?

Asked by: Chrissy888
Thank you for your question. Yes, you would dose the tank once every 24 hours for a total of 5-7 days, depending on how long it takes for your fish to become well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-29

Can I use this in a freshwater 10g with a GSP puffer . Betta and a big pleco. Can I use this ?!?!??!

Asked by: Toze
Thank you for your question Toze! Absolutely not with a puffer! They do not tolerate chemicals well. Do a partial water change to the tank, and add aquarium salt instead - 2 tablespoons dissolved in the new water. Treat the total volume of water with Marineland Water Conditioner, instead of just the amount of water you are changing, and gradually raise the water temperature to around 86 degrees for 2 days. Make sure there is plenty of aeration since warmer water will contain less dissolved oxygen. By the way, the big pleco probably needs a new home. A 10 gallon tank is too small for any pleco exceeding 3-4 inches. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-23

I have a class pet fish that lives in a small, less than a gallon of water tank, no filter. Is the "Ick Remedy" safe for this fish. It looks like he might have fish rot. His upper fin is grayish white and whittling away. If not what is recommended?

Asked by: Peanuts1234
We appreciate your inquiry! No, it would not be safe. Adding medications to any tank without aeration is very risky. Additionally, this fish is losing its dorsal fin because of either a temperature issue or water quality issue. His tank is too small and he needs a heater. He also needs daily partial water changes in his current environment. In a larger, 2-5 gallon system with a filter system, a partial, water change every week or two would suffice. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-27

It says on the bottle of Ick Remedy that it treats external parasites and fungal infections. Does that include the fungus that causes fin rot? Can I use a few drops in my bowl that contains one Betta that is losing his fins?

Asked by: Angie207
The answer to both questions is no. It treats fungal infections that are due to external parasites. These are usually secondary type infections. Fin rot does not fall into this category. The betta is a very misunderstood fish. Because he is aggressive towards his own kind and cannot be kept in pairs or groups, stores separate them out into small bowls. While bettas are hardy and can handle such an environment in the short term; long term they need a tank of 2-5 gallons that is heated and filtered. Ideal water temperature is between 76 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer slow moving water, so a very small filter is all that is needed to help keep the water cleaner, and to allow for treatments at times like the one you are currently experiencing. Medications cannot be placed in bowls because there is no water movement in most cases, and therefore, not enough oxygen to support both the chemical process and the fish. Fin rot is most often due to poor water conditions, low pH, and so forth. Improving these conditions will go a long way towards healing your fish. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-04

Is this treatment safe for freshwater aquarium plants and plecos ( I have a common pleco and 1 gold nugget pleco as well as several rummy nose tetras and cardinal tetras)?

Asked by: sevant23
I would not recommend it with the plants or the cardinal tetras. The others would be fine. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-02

Do I need to remove the carbon filter insert while treating my tank? If not, how often should I replace the filter during treatment?

Asked by: Jhirz
Yes, the filter should be left running, but the carbon should be out for the entire time. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-02

I have a one gallon tank with a crown tail betta fish and he has white ick spots on him I started the treatment today and the petsmart lady told me to put 3-5 drops in his tank is that correct? How long can I use this on him? How often should clean him

Asked by: sammie090416
We do not recommend using medication in a tank without any filtration or water movement. The correct dosage for a 1 gallon tank would be about 1/8 of a teaspoon or 2-3 drops. Your betta needs his water to be heated to between 78-84 degrees, and if you keep him in this 1 gallon tank, a small partial water change, every couple of days or so. Typically, 2-5 gallons of water is recommended for a betta, with a 25% water change every couple of weeks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-15

do i do a water change each day and add ick remover the bottle says treat 4 to 6 days

Asked by: yank
Yes, do a water change daily, prior to re-dosing each day. It may take up to 7 days total. Re-treat each day until there are no spots left. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-11-05

Hi I bougth this product because I lost most of my goldfish because of the ich. But now... I don't know if I should change the water every day and add the product or just keeping adding the product every day in the same water??? Thanks

Asked by: Anna ph
Change the water prior to each and every dose, so basically you change it once a day. Just a small change, about 10% at a time. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-21

is it ok to raise the water temp when using ick remover !

Asked by: yank
Yes, as long as you are providing plenty of water movement, aeration, etc., as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-21

Can u use the ick remedy in a saltwater tank

Asked by: Darcy
I would not recommend it. There are some fish species it would be okay with, but definitely no live rock or corals, and most marine fish are just too sensitive. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-18

Directions are so confusing... do I do the ick treatment everyday for 4-6 days or only once ever 4-6 days?we have a small tank -2gl.am I supposed to do the math and figure out what percentage of a teaspoon to put in the tank or do I dose up to 10 gl?

Asked by: Felger00
As the instructions state, do a partial water change and dose once a day until the spots disappear. So yes, you do the treatment every day. Treat for the 2 gallons not 10 gallons. A 2.5 gallon tank would need 1/4 teaspoon. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-11

Will this be fine for my featherfin catfish?

Asked by: Ivanwildcat
They are generally a little bit hardier with meds than some cats, but I would still consider it risky. Make sure the water quality is in good shape and provide plenty of aeration. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-11

I am wondering if you could clear up the intructions for the ick remedy I have a salt water tank only 2 of my recently bought fish have the tiny spots ive done the first treatment but its not real clear what to expect for results the instructions dont say

Asked by: Silverfox
First, we don't really recommend it in a marine tank. If you have fish only, you might be okay, depending on the species. Second, do a partial water change, and treat each day, as long as the fish have spots. If the spots have not gone away, you treat the next day. Keep treating till they are gone, basically, which can take 3-7 days. This product will harm beneficial bacteria, so be prepared to boost your biological filter with Instant Ocean Bio Spira, after treatment. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-11

My water turned a slight greenish tint the day after the first dose. Is this normal?

Asked by: Revan
Yes, but can vary, depending on your water chemistry. Once treatment is finished, do a partial water change, and put fresh carbon back into the filter. This will remove any discoloration. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-10-04

Am confused about the directions... Do we treat every 24 hours for 4-6 days, or retreat in 4-6 days followed by 24 hour intervals if still there?

Asked by: Bauergurl
Treat every 24 hours until fish are well. Do a partial water change, put in fresh carbon, wait a week, remove carbon and do one treatment, period, to make sure you get all of the larvae. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-19
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