How to Get Rid of Saltwater Fish Tank Ick

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How to Get Rid of Saltwater Fish Tank Ick. Ick is a fairly common fish disease to get. It usually comes with adding a new fish to your saltwater tank because the addition had the disease and you didn't know. Spotting the disease is fairly easy on fish. Look for white, raised spots on the fins and body of your fish.

Things You'll Need

  • Ick Medicine
  • New Sand
  • Freshwater
  • Salt

Look at several of your saltwater fish to see if more than one has ick. It is not guaranteed that more than one will when you get the disease but chances are great since it spreads easily in the saltwater.

Buy ick medicine from any pet store that has saltwater fish. Some that just carry freshwater fish will have ick medicines for both kinds of tanks. Also buy enough medicine to add for up to 31 days. This is because ick hatches in 30-day cycles and if you only treat what is currently in your tank, in 31 days the eggs will have hatched and a new batch of the disease will infect your saltwater fish. Also if you have invertebrate you have to buy a special kind of ick medicine as the rest will kill your invertebrate.

Exchange a shell bed with a true sand one if you have a shell bed. This is because even with killing off the ick for 31 days, eggs can get into the shells and survive the medicine, causing a new outbreak 35 days or more after you have killed off the rest.

Dip your saltwater fish in a freshwater bath for one minute. This helps kill the ick by "popping" the white spot on the fish. It won't harm the fish for that short amount of time. Just make sure you use warm water.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you dump your shell bed tank, you will need to remix your water with salt to get the proper saltwater salinity.
  • Changing out your shell bed for a sand bed is expensive and requires your entire tank to be dumped and refilled as if new. But it is necessary to get rid of all the ick in the tank.
  • Do not dip your crabs, snails, shrimp, or reef animals in a freshwater bath. They are not effected by the ick and shrimp will die in the freshwater, even if they are only in for a short time.

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