But, I am not sure what we are treating with salt here
Viktor Jarikov wrote:When treating ich with salt, it usually takes at least a week at about 2 (or 1-3) teaspoons (5 gram each; or ~3 US lbs per 100 US gal) per US gallon and when the visible parasites disappear, another week is recommended on top. Non-iodized salt is needed. Better without anti-caking agents (calcium salts, chalk that murky up water).
Azur translated wrote:The use of iodized salt in aquaria is an old wife's tale, and almost impossible to exterminate.
It relies on the confusion between the element Iodine (highly toxic, at room temperature it is purple crystals) and its ion, Iodide (harmless, added to salt in many countries where the local soil is low in iodine - lack of iodide in the diet causes thyroid problems). The cause for this confusion is probably at least in part caused by salt packaging has "Added Iodine" on the label, where it would be correct to say "Added Iodide".
It would be similar to saying that Chlorine (toxic and corrosive gas) and its ion Chloride (essential compound and one half of the content in table-salt)
In summary, it doesn't matter if the salt has iodide or not in it - if anything, it may actually do some GOOD to have iodide in the salt.
No matter how many times we try to kill this myth, it crops back up again
wrasse wrote:Temperature, strong oxygenation and salt are 3 good weapons for treating and also your spot treatment apparently did some good, it helped the plec.
It may well be that with a good water change, things will settle and I hope they do for you.
I understand your hesitation to re-treat the tank, but at you need to consider that these diseases can act swiftly and wipe-out the occupants of a tank.
redfan wrote:I did do this 3 days ago and no sign of any improvement so at this stage I see little option than to get the tank to ideal Jaguar conditions and keep the water nice & clean and see what happens tbh.
redfan wrote:What I wanted to point out, as can be seen in this video taken tonight that maybe of use to other Jaguar Catfish owners in the future, since adding the salt and raising the temp this particular Jaguar shows what looks like burns along it's middle seam (they appear white marks on video but to naked eye are white/fleshy coloured).
This is new tonight and only since the salt has been added and the temp raised .. on the plus side you may notice this Jaguiar has a fairly normal looking stomach. He was found laying against wood when I started the video, so obviously all not right atm.
racoll wrote:But, I am not sure what we are treating with salt here
I would maybe second that. The jags could just be reacting badly to a combination of the meds and the swinging temp/salt content of the water.
I guess without observing them it is hard to say. Both ich and velvet do have a habit of not going away if you don't kill them off completely.
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