Fish ich/ick is one of the most well known fish disease around. It’s sometimes called ich, ick, white spot, or the fancy name, Ichthyophthirius multifilis. So that begs the question. Once you your fish get ick/ich, how do you get rid of it? It’s easier than you might think.
Make Sure You Are Dealing With Fish Ich/Ick
The most noticeable and common symptom for fish ick/ich is small white spots on your fish. You may also notice that your fish seem slower or more sluggish than normal as the disease progresses. A common occurrence to look for with fish infected with ich/ick is that they may rub or scratch up against aquarium decorations. Many of these symptoms may quickly be noticed once your is affected with Ick/Ich.
The Life of Fish Ick/Ich
It’s important to take a minute to understand the life cycle of ick/ich. Basically the organism cannot be killed while it is on the fish. It will start in the water, latch on to your fish and then release from the fish to free float again. This cycle continues over and over. The organism must be free floating in your fish tank to be killed. That’s no big deal because the right conditions can speed the life cycle along and allow you to quickly kill the free floating organism.
So How Do I Kill Fish Ick/Ich?
Alright, here is how to get rid of fish ick/ich in just 4 days. The lifecycle mentioned above, which sometimes takes weeks, can be sped up to just 3 or 4 days. The key is increasing the temperature of you tank to 80-82°F for the 4 day treatment period. By raising the water temperature, the lifecycle will kick into high gear. Within just a few days the organism will be free floating and vulnerable to medication. You’ll want to treat the disease with a medication specifically designed for fish Ick/Ich. This should be started the first day the water temperature is increased. Rid-Ich is the most popular and recommended medication. Your fish tank should be free of fish Ick/Ich by the end of just 4 short days!! While your fish will thank you after 4 days, it is a good idea to continue treatment for a full 2 weeks to make sure there is no chance of recurrence. That was pretty easy wasn’t it?