Safest way to cure ick? need help ASAP


Big Time Reefer
If you can't get him in a QT your best bet is feeding him garlic extract in his food. Good luck to your friend.


New member
yeah QT and copper treatment.

Also heard of a food supplement that you can feed them (if you cant QT) that supposedly works well


New member
The only way to completely cure the fish as well as keep it from getting it again is to quarantine it and use one (only one) of several methods of curing ick. Copper and hyposalinity are the most popular. The fish must be in quarantine for 6-8 weeks to ensure that the full life cycle of the ick has run its course as several of the preferred methods are only effective when the ick is in the free floating larvae stage of its life.

The display tank needs to remain fishless during this time (6-8 weeks). Ick must have a fish to host. When the eggs hatch into larvae without fish to infect they will die.

The quarantine should be bare bottom with minimal porous surfaces with adequate filtration (not carbon) and water movement for the fish. All new fish should be quarantined to ensure that they are healthy before introducing them into the display tank.

Here are some good articles detailing ick and possible treatments:

It would be in you and your friends best interest to read both articles entirely before deciding what course of action to take. After you have decided be sure to use only that method and finish the treatment completely before introducing the fish back into the display tank or you will risk re-infection.

I hope this helps


New member
Roblack is correct about UV being able to help control outbreaks of Ick; however one would need to research the correct amount of flow through the UV sterilizer to do the job. This would not be a universal GPH either; it would depend on design of the sterilizer and the wattage of the UV bulb.

For instance the Turbo-Twist UV Sterilizer recommends the following:

Model 9W, Flow Rate for Parasites - 55 gph, Flow Rate for Algae - 121 gph, Flow Rate for Bacteria - 253 gph

Model 18W, Flow Rate for Parasites - 110 gph, Flow Rate for Algae - 240 gph, Flow Rate for Bacteria - 500 gph

Model 36W, Flow Rate for Parasites - 290 gph, Flow Rate for Algae - 680 gph, Flow Rate for Bacteria - 1550 gph

I would consider a UV sterilizer more of a maintenance tool, not a curing tool.


New member
all my tanks have had ich and the easiest way for the fish to combat it is to fat and happy. Feed them well and they work through it themselves. of coarse best way is to not bring it into the tank


New member
my friend says hes been successfully feeding his fish some garlic and is going to try the hyposalinity technique. thanks for the quick responses everybody


New member
i have tried everything aand garlic dosnt work at all . but i seen when ever it trys to break out i feed them more and bam!! it goes away. i think its because fish get so happy when they get feed so the stress goes away :)


New member
Isolation is fine if you have the ability to quarantine the tank but I've had ich get pretty bad and ridich is reef safe and did a mediocre job at bringing the outbreak undercontrol until the fish naturally fought off the parasites, a 3 minute freshwater dip works good for fish who are actively eating. I've had great success in the past with dips and ridich