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Re: resistant ich

Sorry to hear the bad news. My two cents,
The eggs that are laid will continue to hatch out for 14 days.
So a 14 day treatment period is probably best coupled with extra care for tank maint. With quickcure it is best to half the dosage for tetras, It is possible that is what killed them.
Throw the worst fish in a bare bottom hospital tank, and try medication with a clean slate.This may however further the stress of the fish. No easy way out at this point. I dose with aquari sol regularly as a preventative.
Good luck.
----- Original Message -----
From: F. Tadeo
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2003 11:37 AM
Subject: resistant ich

I had an ich outbreak start a couple weeks ago when the power went out overnight, leaving my tank to chill to 68 deg. for several hours.  So I wasn't so surprised to see ich on the fish a couple days later.  I began treating with malachite green with no worries in my mind, thinking that this would take care of everything within a week or so.  However, to my horror, the ich has not subsided at all.  It's gotten worse and spread from my cardinal tetras to my apistos but has strangely not affected the discus.  My cardinal tetra school has been decimated to a mere fraction of the forty I originally had to only four.  I lost my prized a. cacatuoides and now my prize male double red a. agassizii is speckled almost completely white and is in danger of death.  The females for both species have one to two spots on them at the moment.  Strangely, my pair of rams are perfect and have in fact just spawned. 
I treated with malachite green for 12 days to no avail and treated with acriflavin for 5 days to no avail either.  Temperature is up to 85 deg. and I've added 1 tbs. salt/5 gallons in the tank.  Water chemistry is perfect at my target levels as far as I'm concerned, pH 6.5, kH 1, gH 3.
Anybody else have any ideas on how I can take care of this superich that won't go away?  I've tried QuickCure and NoxIch and don't have any more ideas on what other medications to use.  I'm considering sacrificing my last cardinal tetras to prevent any more spores from being produced but I'd really, really like to save my apistos more than anything else.
Thanks for any help or suggestions,

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