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

Can it be used it a salt tank?

Asked by: Hannah2334556
If it is fish only. It is not safe for inverts, live rock, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-06

l have neons discus and peco should l half dose your ick remedy

Asked by: lice3
Definitely half dose at best. The pleco is okay at a full dose, however, the discus and neon tetras are very delicate so dose very, very carefully. You may want to try to gradually raise the temperature to about 86/88 degrees for a day or two and provide lots of aeration before applying the medication. Or, if it is just one or two fish that are infected, set up a hospital tank instead. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-02-03

Ick remedy ingredients

I found your ick remedy at petsmart. No ingredient list was found on the bottle. I asked the store employees and they couldn't find it. I called your 800 number and they couldn't find it. Your 800 number employee suggested I call poison control. Called poison control and they didn't have a listing for your product, but they did for several other ick products. The ick products ingredients they showed had the something green solution. I'm looking for methylene blue solution. Your bottle is clear and the solution looks bluish, but before I buy I just wanted to verify that your ick remedy is methylene blue Thanks much!
Asked by: Tarzan
It is Victoria Green. Victoria green and methylene blue are pretty much the same thing, they both work just as effectively. Victoria green is now often called malachite green. Both have been used to treat parasites since the 1970s, I believe. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-22

We have a ghost knife, plecostomus, elephant nose, dragon goby, porthole catfish. 36 gal

We had added a scat and it died in 1 week we think of ich. The Petsmart guy told us to buy your product after noticing a different one said not for scaleless fish, which your product does NOT say, but reading your answers it SHOULD say. So after I had treated the tank and read I shouldn't use it, we immediately put in charcoal filter. Now we are raising water temp instead. Should we change filter in 24 hrs and do water change to try and get rid of this product now? The ghost knife and pleco are 2 years old and we don't want to lose them, though there are some spots on the ghost now. Please help, and maybe fix your labeling as you should state that it is not for scaleless.
Asked by: LSmith
The scat you added is a brackish water fish, while the rest of the tank is all freshwater species. This is most likely why he died. In regards to the medication, there are no chemical medications safe for scaleless fish, that I am aware of, especially sensitive species like the knifefish or the elephant nose. You would need an all natural herbal remedy, most of which are not very effective. We would definitely recommend raising the temperature and doing a partial water change. Raise the temperature gradually over a period of 24-48 hours to about 84 degrees. Make sure the tank has plenty of oxygen provided to it. Fresh carbon will definitely help remove any medication left by the water change. I will pass your comments on to the appropriate people. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-18

With Ick remedy, do I do a water change every day during treatment before medicating?

I am about to start medicating my tank. But the last line says, conduct a 25% water change prior to each dose. So, does that mean every time for the 4-6 days I am medicating the tank, before I add in the Ick remedy, I need to do a 25% water change?
Asked by: Dirk
Yes. Medication is hard on water quality. This helps keep the water quality in good shape. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-30

It says to take out activated carbon filter how long should it be left out?

Asked by: Jodman
Until the fish are well and you are done with treatment. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-12

Do you treat everyday for 4 -6 days?

Or do you leave the first dose n for 4 -6 days and then do a water change and treat again?
Asked by: MrsMike
Treat once a day for up to 7 days total, as ick has a lifecycle of 7 days. Average amount of time to treat before spots disappear is 4-6 days. Perform small partial water change prior to each dose. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-08-23

Ich remedy save for a planted tank

Nitrates were high, stressed the fish, now I have ich spots showing up, the catch is the tanks planted. is Ich remedy safe for the plants?
Asked by: Acid
Unfortunately, no, not too many medications are safe for plants. If you cannot remove the plants, try gradually increasing the temperature of the tank to 84 degrees for a couple of days, and small, daily water changes to improve water quality. Sometimes, this will be enough. You could also set up a small hospital tank of say 5-10 gallons of water, to treat the fish for a few days. Some of the water to set this up should be taken from the display tank to create an established environment that will not stress the fish even more. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-04

ick remedy

Do you have to treat the water for four to six days we lost 8 fish already, we did treat it one day.
Asked by: Morris
Yes, you treat once every 24 hours until the ick is no longer present, generally, at least 4-5 treatments total. Ick has a lifecycle of 7 days, however, so treatment may take longer. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-12

Is it safe to use Ick Remedy on my tank?

I have 2 oscars, 2 blood parrots, 2 algae eaters and 2 live plants in a 55 gallon tank. The two oscars have ick. Will ick remedy hurt any of the other fish or the plants if I treat the tank?
Asked by: mommaj90
It may hurt the algae eaters if they are a scaleless variety. If they are not scaleless, it is fine to use with everything in the tank. Please do a water change prior to first dose as the tank is overstocked, and may not be holding enough oxygen. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-12-28

Ick remedy with api melafix

Can i treat my fish with ick remedy and api melafix at the same time?
Asked by: Kevinnc
No, never mix meds as this can cause a very negative reaction in the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-12-24

Ick Remedy

I have a 75 gallon saltwater tank and miss read the and used. I only did one dose, I have done numerous water changes and can not get my skimmer to work now with out over flowing/bubbling over. It is in the sump, I tore it down and used white vinigar to clean and wipe down, put back together and it is still a problem. Please help....
Asked by: gwbyerly
Ick Remedy does not have a strong reaction with a skimmer but the oxidation of disease and the added slime from fish as defense against disease will cause excessive skimming. Water changes help and siphon any dead/decay matter off the bottom. Probably needs a couple weeks to settle down but keep the skimmer on as it will help get the bad stuff out. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-12-01

Is it safe to use the ick remedy for more than 6 days?

Most of the white spots have dropped off, but not all of them. I have treated for 4 days and want to make sure I treat long enough to kill the ones that will be hatching.
Asked by: Mellie
Yes, that's fine, and you may want to go 7 days, wait a week then do another dose. Ick has a 7 day lifecycle. Waiting a week and dosing again will get any larvae that were missed. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-10-30

Does this solution have malachite as an active ingredient?

I cannot find a list of ingredients for this product and to fight Ick I have read that I need malachite. Please let me know!
Asked by: ARog
It is Victoria Green. Both Victoria Green and Malachite Blue are old fashioned remedies that work really well on ick and other parasites/protozoa. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-11-23

Is the ingredients of ICK REMEDY methylene blue?

Asked by: Scientist
Victoria Green, very similar BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-18

Ich or Velvet?

I've been treating my 20g tank of 2 goldfish with ick remedy for 3 days now. 25% water changes each night. There are also a pleco and a snail in the tank. One of the catfish died overnight last night. Now I'm thinking it's velvet. How do I switch from one treatment to the other? Is it possible to switch to the copper treatment? Or is there some sort of prep time the tank needs? Thanks, JP
Asked by: JessieP
The two are definitely hard to tell apart. To switch, do a 25% water change and run fresh carbon in the tank for at least 12 hours, then treat. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-09-03

will the ick medicine work for saltwater too I'm so frustrated and I can't look at my poor fish banging its head against a rock I just want to cry

Asked by: asavagefish2hire
We do not recommend the use of Ick Guard with a Saltwater system. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2015-08-30

the best way to use it and how effective will it be?

I have a 75 gallons fresh water fish tank, i have around 4 cory, 8 blue rams, 20 neons, 2 discus. The reason for me to bought the product is one of the discus has ick in one of the gill, he is opening the other gill more like he is only breathing with that one, then I notice the other discus is scratching her self with the flor and with the rocks, my fish tank is very natural i dont have anything platic on it the plant and the corys are the one that mantain the water clean and oxigenated, plase i would like an advice
Asked by: Edelberto
You would be perfectly fine to treat that tank that you have. However, we would recommend that you remove any plastic decorations as it may stain. Otherwise, since you have scaleless fish, then we would recommend that you use half dose, but it would be fine in your tank. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2015-08-20

Treatment

So after the 24 hours add more med, or change water and do it, also my filter does both carbon, and natural... will the carbon effect the med. Also I have an 18 inch pleco will it effect him or the plants
Asked by: hhfd
Yes, re-dose every 24 hours. Do a small water change prior to each dose in order to keep your water quality in good shape. The carbon will pull the meds out, so remove the carbon but let the filter keep running. The pleco should be fine, as long as the tank is large enough and there is enough dissolved oxygen available for such a large fish (all chemicals use quite a bit of oxygen to do their jobs) but remove the plants. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-11

Decrease dose?

Hi. I have two neon tetras and a catfish in my five gallon tank. The two tetras have ick. Do I need to do half dose of this product to treat it? Thanks!
Asked by: MamaLisaMermaid
Yes, I would cut the dose at least in half; the neon tetras will be very sensitive to it. The catfish will be too, if it is a scaleless variety and not a corydoras. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-11

Is this product safe for cichlids?

I have a 20 g tank with white clouds and one scarlet badis. Is it safe to use with the badis or should I take him out while I'm treating them?
Asked by: Kitty9231
I would assume so, unless the badis is scaleless. I would suspect the white clouds would be more susceptible. You might try a half dose first. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-08-03

removing snails during treatment

I have been treating my 20g tank with the Ick treatment for 4 days (with 25% water changes). I have had a snail in there this whole time and he seems to be doing fine. Should I remove him? If so, how do you recommend I keep him? I have a spare 10 gallon tank that I've been treating with Ich meds (the fish were put in there while I did my first cleaning). Also, I've raised my temp (gradually) to 82 degrees and I have an algae eater and a small platy that are managing to survive in addition to the snail. Even with the partial water changes, my algae eater has just showed signs of spots this morning and they're all over him! My other numbers are reading in the normal areas for everything but the nitrites which are in the stress areas. I've already lost 6 fish to this darned parasite and I don't want to lose more! What do you recommend doing? Thank you for your guidance!
Asked by: AmyH
First, yes, remove the snail. He may die anyway. They absorb the chemical and it takes a week or two for them to die. Second, add 4 tablespoons of aquarium salt to some water to dissolve it and pour it in, after the snail is removed. This will help reduce the nitrite, kill the parasite and reduce stress. Third, it may not be ick, it may be velvet, they look very similar. If it is velvet, only a copper based product will kill it and you won't be able to put the snail back. It should be about gone by now, not getting worse. This means you have either misdiagnosed it or something else is wrong as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-24

Is this medication safe for goldfish?

Asked by: beginner
Yes, it is, just be sure your water quality is in good shape and you have plenty of aeration. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-21

Will ick treatment hurt glofish tetra?

Hi, I read that you're ick treatment will kill my glofish and others say it's ok. I have 3 glofish tetra and 2 painted tetra in a10 gallon tank.
Asked by: Kitjhanna
The painted tetra may be sensitive to it as they are fairly delicate, considering how they become "painted" but the glofish tetra should be fine. If you are concerned, try a half dose and see how they react, first. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-20

Is this medication ok for clown loaches and albino Cory catfish?

Asked by: Arod13
Cory cats yes, loaches, no. There are no medicines that are very well received by loaches, unfortunately. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-13

I bought ick remedy for my ghost shrimp my filter is a bio wheel do i need to remove the whole filter what is ingrediants in ick remedy

Asked by: kuzi
Ick remedy is not safe for shrimp. I don't know of any fish medications that are safe for shrimp at this point in time. To use it for fish, you remove just the carbon, leave the filter running. It is malachite green or victoria green. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-08

Please explain the Ick Remedy dosing and water changes for a 45 gallon fresh water. Please be very specific. Thank you!

Asked by: irritated
Dose once a day for 5 days, 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons of water. Remove your carbon from your filter, but keep the filter running. Do a partial water change prior to dosing the tank each time. In other words, do a 25% water change once a day, then dose the tank, for up to 5 days. Carbon is not put back into the filter until day 6. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-07-01

is your Ick Remedy safe to use with a 14 inch bullhead catfish ?

Our bullhead has white spots on it and has quit eating for 1 week,ever since we purchased some feeder goldfish for it. When I stopped by the pet store to get our fish some medicine, I saw the tank of feeder fish quarantined. When I asked what they had, was told they didn't know but they were dying. He recommended your Ick Remedy for me to use. Any advice would be a big help ! Thanks
Asked by: dc44
I believe your catfish is scaleless, which means no, that medication will be risky to use. In fact, most meds will be. You can try using it at a half dose, but be prepared to do a fast water change if he reacts to it. Gradually increase the water temperature to 85 degrees for 2-3 days. This will shorten the lifecycle of the parasite if he does have ick. I would recommend making sure the tank is clean and there is plenty of aeration and water movement as well. Salt can be added, but I am not sure how he will tolerate salt. By salt, I mean aquarium salt, and at a ratio of 2 tablespoons of salt per 10 gallons of water. Again, if he is scaleless, he won't like the salt. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-24

Water change

I have to change the water everyday for the six days? And add the usual conditioner and bacteria every day? The bottle says "remove the carbon filter". Does this means I have to leave it out for the six days? Regards
Asked by: Mwond
Prior to each dose of the medication, do a small partial water change of around 10%. This is to help keep the water quality good, as the carbon and filter cartridge are out of the system for the entire time you are treating the tank. Yes, add the conditioner, no, don't waste the bacteria because the medication will just harm it. Wait until the last treatment is over with, do one more water change and add the bacteria then. How many days you dose depends on how quickly the fish become well. A minimum of 2-3 days is usually required, ideally you should dose for 7 to be sure you have killed all of the parasite. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-20

ick remedy

Is this product safe for REEF aquariums?
Asked by: Mydori
No, it is not. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2015-06-10
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