Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
It's great that you decided to upgrade their tank, but did you cycle it first? If not, then you'll have to first address the inevitable ammonia and nitrite spikes. This means lots of big water changes and maybe getting some java ferns to help soak up ammonia. You'll need to keep testing the water so you know how far along the cycle is.
What size is the hospital tank? What are the water parameters (including temperature)? How is it being filtered/oxygenated? What are you treating him with?
I'm really not a fan of most Ich meds, but since you already started treatment, you'll have to finish it. However, I would also recommend adding some FRESHWATER aquarium salt to the tank. You can buy a small carton at most petstores for only a few dollars. I'm not sure if the hospital tank has a heater, but Ich treatments are much more effective if you can raise the water temperature (I would raise it to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit, but do it slowly). If the water is too cool, treatment will take much longer and the fish doesn't have as much of a chance to make it. When you raise the water temperature, it becomes even more critical to have proper oxygenation. Add extra air stones if you can. Remember to perform small, daily gravel vacuumings to keep the tank clean.
Also, make sure you remove any filter carbon, because it may absorb the medication that you're using.
You could try feeding him a pea (boiled or microwaved, cooled, skinned, and cut), most goldfish love them.
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."
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