- Remove any carbon in the filter before beginning any treatment as it will render the medication useless.
- Raise the temperature of the aquarium by 2 degrees C or 4 degrees F.
- Add aquarium salt to the water.
- Add a medication to the water.
What causes ick in fish tanks?
ich, also called white spot disease, parasitic disease that affects a variety of freshwater fish species and that is caused by the ciliated protozoan Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. Ich is one of the most common diseases encountered in tropical-fish aquariums.
How do I know if my fish has ick?
Other signs of ich include loss of appetite, labored breathing, and flashing (when fish rub their bodies on the substrate or decorations). Of course, these other symptoms could also point to many other diseases; this is why the characteristic white spots are so important in this diagnosis.
Can humans get ick from fish?
Like all animals, fish may carry germs that make people sick. These germs can also contaminate the water in which fish live. Although fish and aquarium water can spread germs to people, illness due to keeping fish is rare.