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Ick Guard is a soothing conditioner that quickly clears ick, or white spot, on freshwater fish. Ick is usually the result of sudden changes in the aquarium water temperature or stress. Special ingredients have been added to protect fish from secondary infections.
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Is Ick Guard safe for Inverts ?? I have Cherry Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp. Also is it Plant safe ?? My tank is heavily planted

10g Planted Tank
Fish list:
3 Threadfin Rainbows ~ 1.25"
7 CPDs
1 Dario Dario
2 well established Otos

50 RCS and 4 CRS shrimp
various Snails

Established tank, fish are new. Their tank wasn't quite ready so they went in here.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 3 years ago
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Hello,
Ick guard is not safe for the shrimp. You would want to relocate either the fish or shrimp during treatment. It will be plant safe, but it's probably better to set up a "hospital tank" to treat the sick fish in. Medications can upset the population of good bacteria established in your aquarium, causing problems with water quality that can further delay the process of recovery for the fish.
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how long after putting ick guard in my tank can i put the carbon filters back in

i have 7 tiger barbs and 3 pictus cats in a 55 gallon tank.i also have live plants.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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As soon as there are no signs of ick left on your fish, you can put the carbon filter back in in about 24 hours.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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Will Ick Guard harm my catfish?

I have two Blue Channel, Albino Channel, and a Sun Catfish.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Scaleless fish can be effected differently by this medication, and I can't recommend it with them in the aquarium. If your other fish are ill, try a hospital tank to separate them from the others.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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1 gallon tank with 1 male Betta how much dosage of Ick Guard?

I got my male Betta fish about 3 weeks ago. Initially my fish was getting splitting fins, so I used Lifeguard for 5 days. Can the dosage be repeated after inital 5 day period? The fins are healing. Then my fish appeared to have a lot of ich. I have been using another product with tea tree oil in it (in a concentration for Bettas). I have not seen Ick Guard in the few fish stores in my community. I will call to see where it is sold. What dosage of Ick Guard is safe for my 1 gallon bowl? Any other suggestions?

I just got a 7.5 watt heater for my bowl. My Betta appears to be happier, with warmer water.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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One tablet of Ick Guard treats 10 gallons, so you'll need just a fraction of a tablet to treat 1 gallon. The heater will help as well. Hope your Betta is doing well!
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How often do I need to do the Ick treatment for my goldfish?

I kept the carbon filter in during the first treatment - does that make it ineffective? I did the first treatment 24 hours ago.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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We recommend small water changes & removing the carbon filter before each treatment. If the fish are still showing symptoms, another dose would be necessary every other day.
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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Water change after treatment?

Lets say after a successful treatment using the Ick Guard tablets, 24 hours later when carbon filter is to be added back, am I suppose to do a water change at this time?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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No, not unless you need to do a water change for other reasons. Give it a few days. Glad to know the Ick treatment went well!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Will the blue color in the water fade away?

Will the blue tablet color fade away from my tank water or do i have to do a cupple water changes?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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I would recommend changing 25% of the water & putting a new carbon filter in.
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Ick Guard turning water green

I just used ick guard in my 55 Gallon tank with a Pictus Catfish, Black Ghost Knife Fish and a Rainbow Shark. I used only half a dose as the instructions said to do so with scaleless fish (black ghost). I also have 3 otos in a hospital tank as they are effected more than the others. Is it normal for the water to turn an algae green after using ick guard? Thank you.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
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Yes, this is very normal. Once your treatments are complete & you place your carbon filter back in the filter, it will slowly get back to normal.

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answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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After 1 treatment of Ick Guard, it says to change 25% of the water. Should I add a new dose for the fresh water only? Or for the whole tank?

For example, with a 10 gallon tank, I use 1 tablet on day 1. On day 2, I do a partial water change of 25%, then do I add 1 more tablet? Or 25% of the tablet to treat only the freshly added water?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
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You do a full dose every 24 hours as the medication is not working any longer, after 24 hours.

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answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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Does the product kill the parasite when it is in the fish?

I have a Ramirezii Electric Blue with ick, treated it with another product that was supposed to kill the parasite when it leaves the fish. Treated the fish for 5 days in a hospital tank. It looked healed, 1 day after I put the fish back in the tank the white spots appeared again.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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Ick Guard is a broad-spectrum treatment which contains medication to treat ick in fish. This protozoan parasite tends to attack fish that are in stressed environments. If you removed just the one fish showing symptoms to the hospital tank, you most likely still have an infected aquarium and need to treat the entire tank. While your fish's symptoms may have cleared, the immune system of your fish would have still been in a compromised or weakened state thus making re-infection easy. We recommend treating your entire tank to properly kill the ick parasite and immobilize any replications of the Trophonts into Tomites.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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How many treatments with IckGuard (how many days) does it usually take to kill ick in a freshwater tank?

10 platies, 1 clown pleco, 1 botia, 7 neon tetras, 2 tetras - typically healthy 30 gallon tank - ick spots on fins of a lot of the fish, started treating last night --- heater holding tank at 75-77 degrees - can't get it to inch up
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
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Depends on overall health of tank, and fish. Usually 2 or 3 treatments will clear it, unless it is a heavy infestation. Make sure you do a water change each day, and re-dose until you see no spots at all for at least 24 hours. It is also a good idea to come back a week later, and dose once or twice to get any larvae that may have hatched. With the tetras, you are going to have a tough time as they do not like too many meds, including the Ick Guard.

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Neon tetra with ich

We have a ten gallon tank with two black tetras and a pleco. Three neon tetras were added over the weekend. All three developed ich; two have died. We are treating with ick guard now. We have also raised the temperature and added salt. After reading, I am concerned about the effects of the treatment on the healthy black tetras, How long do we continue treatment? Is it best to remove the neon with ich from the tank (looks as if he won't make it anyway)? If so, how long do we treat the tank after removing it? None of the other fish show signs of ich.
I purchased the product at a Petsmart on Christmas eve and didn't receive a lot of guidance from the employee. Help!
How long have you owned an aquarium? 1-3 years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
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If all of the fish have been sharing the same water, then they’ve all been exposed to the ick. So you can quarantine the fish showing symptoms if you think it will help keep the others from showing them as well; however, you should still treat the tank with the normal course of doses given in the instructions to make sure that they don’t start to get sick as well, and to make sure that the ick is gone from the tank. It definitely will not hurt the fish that seem healthy to receive the treatment, and in fact, I’m sure they need it.
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A liquid version?

I seem to remember a liquid version of this product? Is that still available?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
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Under the Jungle name, yes. That particular product is only available through Wal-Mart.

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Treating ick with only one aquarium...

I only have one aquarium. I treated it with Ick Guard yesterday (04/06/13) afternoon. Should I treat again this afternoon? I did not remove the carbon filter nor did I empty any water as I have an air stone in the tank and the back is pretty much all open. I have lost 2 fish so far. Please help.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
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We would recommend a 20% partial water change, and then, yes, a re-treatment. Please be sure to remove the carbon filter as it will pull out the medication. Ick does not kill fish quickly, they usually recover very well from it, if it is truly ick.

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Ick-Guard

Hi how long does the medicine last in the water ? Ok i understand im suppose to put a tablet every 24 hours and do a 25% water change when putting a new dose ? im a right? OK i have a 20 gallon so i need to put 2 tablets .What happens if i dont put my filter pad when doing the whole treatment?
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Goldfish
Size of tank: 11 to 20 gallons
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
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It lasts pretty close to around 24 hours. Yes, a water change prior to each dose, and remove your carbon from the filter until the fish is well. If you do not, the carbon will pull the meds out of the water.

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Is your ick treatment safe for live plants?

I have a densly planted tank with a variety of plants: crpyts, vallisneria, anubias, etc.
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
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Yes, it is safe for plants.

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After treating with Ick Guard, when is it safe to add invertebrates back in aquarium?

Our swordtail and neon tetra appeared to have ich in our 10 gal tank (other two fish showed no symptoms). One minute after adding the Ick Guard tablet I looked on the site and saw another post saying it's not safe for inverts, so I hurried and removed our 5 mystery snails & 4 ghost shrimp and removed the carbon filter. When the ich appears to gone from the fish, when will it be safe to put the snails and shrimp back in? Will doing a 25% water change and adding a new carbon filter be enough to make it safe? The packing doesn't give any info and we don't want our invertebrates to die from our attempt to cure the fish.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
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Yes, the partial water change and 24 hours of filtering with fresh carbon will remove it, and make it safe for the snails, etc.

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Ick Treatment

Hello. I have a small aquarium. About 7 gallons.
I treated the aquarium today during the morning with Ick Guard.
I used 3/4 of a tablet.
When I need to use the medicine again for ick problems?
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Less than 10 gallons
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
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Use once a day, until you no longer see any white spots. Be sure to do a small water change prior to each dose, and remove the carbon from your filter system, but keep the filter running.

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GlowlightTetras, Flake Tetras, Glofish Danios, and Octos

I have been trying to treat my 55 gal. tank for ick that I have seen on a few of my glowlight tetras unfortunately with another product called API Liquid Super Ick Cure and am still seeing some signs of ick. I was told since they are sensitive to the medication to use half the recommended dose. I am wondering if it will hurt my fish if I use the Tetra Ick Guard? I am also not sure how to use the tablets to treat 55 gal. when it is based on 10 gal. increments? Will using the Tetra Ick Guard hurt my fish if I use the half dose recommendation? How do I exactly use it also? If I am reading on here right, I would remove my carbon filter, but not my bio filter, then remove 25 % of the water, treat with the correct dose then 24 hours later remove another 25 % of the water again and retreat with the correct dose? If I still see the ick do I then remove another 25% of the water and retreat? If after that 24 hours and no sign of the ick do I remove 25% of the water again and then replace the carbon filter? Thanks so much for all your help.
How long have you owned an aquarium? Less than 6 months
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: Larger than 50 gallons
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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Sounds like you have it. Yes, do a water change and dose every 24 hours. I would recommend since you have sensitive fish to dissolve the tablets in water outside of the tank, as in a bucket or pitcher, then pour the water into the tank.

Leave the filter on, keep bio media inside of it, but remove carbon until the fish are well.

For a 55 gallon tank, you would normally use 5 tablets (you don't actually have 55 gallons of water as some water is displaced by gravel, decor, etc), but in your case, I would recommend 2.5 tablets, cutting one in half.

It is hard to get rid of any disease when you have to do a half dose, just be persistent. Also, try raising your temperature, gradually over a whole day, to 86 degrees and leave it there for 2-3 days. Warmer water shortens the life cycle of the parasite.

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Isnèt ick gaurd safe for frogs and snailsÉ

my pet store lady told me I did not have to remove my snails or my dwarf frog.
Are they safe
How long have you owned an aquarium? 3+ years
Type of tank: Tropical
Size of tank: 21 to 50 gallons
asked 1 year ago
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No, definitely not. You would want to remove frogs and snails.

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