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

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

For the ich remedy do you just do one full dose for the amount of your tank then wait four to six days then does again if still present or do you dose everyday for four to six days just want to be a hundred percent sure I'm understanding right 

Asked by: Drew90
Dose once every 24 hours until the spots are gone. Do a partial water change prior to each dose and remove the carbon from your filter, but keep it running, until the fish are well. Typically, you will need to dose only 3 or 4 days, but as ich has a 7 day life cycle, it is a good idea to dose once a day for 7 days, wait a week, then do one dose. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-15

Do I remove the carbon filter only as I am placing the ick remedy in the tank or leave the filter out for the entire 4-6 days of treatment?

Asked by: Sflor
Carbon ONLY. Leave the filter operating like normal, otherwise. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-12

While treating some gold fish my son won at a carnival I got it all over my hand! Is this anything to worry about? How would I remove the stains on my hand?

Asked by: BlueHand
No, not at all. Just wash with soap and hot water. If the stains persist after initial washing, try a little bit of aquarium water conditioner or nail polish remover. It eventually wears off. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-08

When I put the ick remedy in my tank, my gold fish swam through it like crazy.  It's almost like it gave them energy? Is this normal??

Asked by: Conn
No, it may be the medication was bothering the parasite which irritated the fish, causing the fish to react to the parasites dying off. Certainly, if the fish began to feel better from the parasites dying off, the fish may become more energetic. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-09-06

Can i use my uv with this product?

Asked by: Bigjohn
Good morning, We would recommend that you turn your UV system off during treatment and remove the filter cartridge, especially any carbon containers, during the use of this product. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-09-02

What is the effective ingredient in this product? Specifically, does it contain malachite green? I want to know if it will work for Velvet, as well as Ich. Thanks.

Asked by: Lucy1205
Victoria Green is the main active ingredient. Velvet requires a copper based product, which this is not one. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-30

Is Ick remedy fish treatment reef safe?

Asked by: Jpage
No, it is not. It is not safe for invertebrates, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-27

Can I use it in a saltwater tank? 

Asked by: sam21
It is recommended for freshwater only. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-22

If I dosed my 125 gallon saltwater tank with your med and my protein skimmer removed the meds should I re-dose my tank?

Asked by: LynnJ
Yes, if the protein skimmer removed it, you will need to re-dose it, and this time, turn the skimmer off for a bit. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-21

I am currently using this product at half strength for my clown loach tank and i was wondering if I was still supposed to only use it for five days or should I go longer because it is half dose?

Asked by: Bobby J
That would depend on how fast the loaches improve, if they do at all. It is extremely hard to treat clown loaches. If they are not well in 5 days, do a partial water change and run fresh carbon for 24 hours, then remove it and re-treat for another 5 days. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-03

Hello, I would like to know if somehow the Marineland blue ick remedy may affect clown loach fish, snails and live plants. Thanks in advance; Luis R. Cruz

Asked by: Bucanero
Good morning, Thank you for your inquiry and we would advise that you use half strenght for scaleless or sensitive fish. We would also recommend removing the snails during use but it is safe to use with plants. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-07-29

Is this Marineland Ick Remedy product safe for all invertebrates?

Asked by: Lone Wolf 30
No, it is not safe for any invertebrates; the main ingredient is Victoria Green. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-07-25
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