Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Firstly, don't feel bad. It's normal in a tank with ich for the fish to look fine one day and completely infected the next. Although Melafix won't hurt them or anything I wouldn't use it. It mostly helps wounds heal...it won't get rid of the ich.
Definitely add aquarium salt when you get some. One other thing I would recommend is to raise the water temperature with an aquarium heater. Slowly raise it a few degrees a day until it's around 80-81 degrees.
The best treatment for ich is raised temperatures, aquarium salt, and water changes. I don't recommend using medications unless absolutely necessary but since you've started treatment you need to continue until the end. Malachite Green is really good at getting rid of ich so hopefully it will help.
I can't offer much pond advice since I don't have a pond. Everything I know about ponds is from books, websites, magazines, etc. Are these common/feeder goldfish? Or the fancy varieties? I know commons really need a pond (or something similar) but the fancies do very well in a large aquarium. Actually, there are even a few "breeds" that do best inside.
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."
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