I have dosed my 10 gallon tank twice now with a 25% water change in between. My cory catfish died soon after second dose. Then I read product shouldn't be used on catfish, or plants! Why doesn't the label say this??? Both silver hatchets also died.
Thank you for your inquiry. We are very sorry to hear this and will be contact you directly for more information.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Can this remedy be used in a tank with African Dwarf Frogs?
No, dwarf frogs are very sensitive. The only chemical that I know of that is safe for them is the one used in our de-chlorinator, Aquasafe Plus.
Date published: 2016-03-14
I just started to treat my african cichlid tank with this product. My question is if feeding my fish changes while they are being medicated?
Only if the fish are not very active or hungry. You would then not feed at all until they begin to eat again. If they are still interested in eating, feed lightly.
Date published: 2016-03-07
Can this product be used for both salt and fresh water aquarims????
It would only be able to be used in fish only tanks. No reef, inverts, scaleless fish, etc. Using it in salt water, you would need to use extreme care, and again, only with fish.
Date published: 2016-03-07
Can it be used it a salt tank?
If it is fish only. It is not safe for inverts, live rock, etc.
Date published: 2016-03-06
l have neons discus and peco should l half dose your ick remedy
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
Yes. Medication is hard on water quality. This helps keep the water quality in good shape.
Date published: 2016-08-30
It says to take out activated carbon filter how long should it be left out?
Until the fish are well and you are done with treatment.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Do you have to treat the water for four to six days we lost 8 fish already, we did treat it one day.
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.
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?
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.
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?
No, never mix meds as this can cause a very negative reaction in the tank.
Date published: 2015-12-24
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....
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.
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.
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.
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!
It is Victoria Green. Both Victoria Green and Malachite Blue are old fashioned remedies that work really well on ick and other parasites/protozoa.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Is the ingredients of ICK REMEDY methylene blue?
Victoria Green, very similar
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?
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.
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
We do not recommend the use of Ick Guard with a Saltwater system.
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
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.
Date published: 2015-08-20
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
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.
Date published: 2015-08-11
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Is this medication safe for goldfish?
Yes, it is, just be sure your water quality is in good shape and you have plenty of aeration.
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.
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.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Is this medication ok for clown loaches and albino Cory catfish?
Cory cats yes, loaches, no. There are no medicines that are very well received by loaches, unfortunately.
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
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.
Date published: 2015-07-08