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

I was given well water and was told it was filtered water. Tank has been cloudy. Could that water contribute to my ick problem?

Asked by: Babs2014
Any water can contribute to ick or cloudiness, depending on what is in it. Well water is not necessarily bad water, and filtered water just usually means the hardness has been removed, but not necessarily all of the pollutants. Ick is due to stress or fluctuating temperatures in the tank. Test your water for pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and alkalinity to see if you have the proper water quality or not. If not, do a partial water change and add Tetra Aquasafe Plus, wait a few minutes, then add Tetra SafeStart Plus to help reduce ammonia or nitrite. Aquarium salt will also help. If it is fine, then simply treat the fish for ick with Ick Guard or Parasite Guard. Both are effective products. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-07

How long do I remove the biological filter for when using Ick Remedy?

Asked by: Pdub73
Until 24 hours after your last treatment, and after the last partial water change. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-06

Is your treatment safe for zebra danios and neon tetras? I have a 5 gallon tank with 2 fantails who are infected, 1 zebra and 1 neon. Should I remove the zebra and neons or is it fine to keep them there? I've already done it once with 3.5mL of the meds. 

Asked by: Chelsea
The zebra danio should be fine. The neon tetra may not be. Neons are very sensitive and meds should be given to them at half dose. By the way, I would recommend moving the fantails to a larger tank. 5 gallons is a little bit small, even for baby fantails, and as they grow, they may eventually eat the neon. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-03

When serial dosing an aquarium, do you add enough Ick Remedy to cover the volume of fresh water changed or do you dose the entire volume of the aquarium once again? For ex. I have replaced 12.5 gal of 50 gal total. Dose 12.5 or the 50?

Asked by: Marjie27
You would dose for the full 50 gallons of water. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-07-27

is this afe to use with reef  corals

Asked by: jmacrr49
No, it is not safe for corals, anemones, any type of inverts like shrimp, crabs, snails, starfish, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-05-23

Can I use it in salt water tank?

Asked by: Mory
That depends on the species you house in that tank. The main ingredient is Victoria Green, otherwise known as malachite green. It is not safe for inverts, crustaceans, scaleless fish, corals, anemones, and so forth. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-29

Can I use the water removed from my medicated tank to water my house plants?

Asked by: Shauna
We would not recommend it, no. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-25

will this product hurt live plants

Asked by: jocko27
Yes, it would so it is not recommended for live plants, scaleless fish, invertebrates, etc. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-21

Is there copper in this product

Asked by: jocko27
No, the main ingredient is Victoria Green. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-21

Hi i am getting ready to treat my 75 gal tank for ich, the directions say to remove activated carbon , question is should i remove my filter cartridges from my bio-wheel  penguin 350 power filter that house the activated carbon?

Asked by: Carl1966
Yes, in order to remove the carbon, you need to remove the cartridges. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-18

Is Ick Remedy safe for Anubias plants?

Asked by: frankpetet
We would not recommend it for use with live plants, no. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-18

is it safe for crayfish & fresh water clams

Asked by: recardo
No, it is not. I don't know of any medications that are antibiotics that are safe for such species. There are some herbal remedies, but they are not very effective. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-08

Is the ick remedy safe to use with my crayfish

Asked by: Cjw92
No, it would not be safe with a crustacean. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-07

20 gal tank. Treating for ick. should the entire tank be drained before treating? Does the initial treatment ( 2 teaspoons of Ick Remedy ) last the 4-6 days or do you treat every day for 4-6 days? What do you check to make sure the Ick has been eliminated

Asked by: SJoli
Good morning, You would want to do a 25% water change before adding the chemical to your tank (not a full drain of the tank). You would treat the tank every 24 hours with Ick Remedy (doing a 25% water change before every dose) for 4-6 days or when the Ick clear. Thank you, MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-08-30

Is this product safe to use in a planted tank? 

Asked by: Peterg
Good afternoon! Yes, this product is safe for fish and plants. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2017-01-27

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.

Asked by: Shar
Thank you for your inquiry. We are very sorry to hear this and will be contact you directly for more information. MINI
Answered by: MINI
Date published: 2016-03-29

Can this remedy be used in a tank with African Dwarf Frogs?

Asked by: JellyBean
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. BREX
Answered by: BREX
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?  

Asked by: marlo10
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. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-07

Can this product be used for both salt and fresh water aquarims????

Asked by: 12212112
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. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-03-07

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
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