Need help with Ich

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    Hi guys, my figure 8 puffers (brackish) is struggling with ich, i bought him last week and luckily he was placed in quarantine bucket (40L) with sponge filter and 28°c temperature from day 1.

    I change the water 50% every 3rd day and treat him with malachite green. His water is brackish using aquarium salt 10g per litre.

    But he is still suffering... Any ideas on how you guys treat ich?

    Note i feed him baby snails as I have 1000's of baby apple snails. He eats well.

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    I would do paraguard in a normal community tank but have no experience with puffers or brackish. Paraguard will likely kill the snails though
     
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    Firstly, are you 100% sure that it is ich?

    I find this one quite strange, because Ich hates warm water and hates salt. Two things that the puffer loves.
    Both warm water and salt are both very effective treatments for Ich.
    Based on your post, it seems like it has been about a week, is this correct? I'd expect Ich to have completed it's lifecycle in a week at that temperature.

    If it is definitely ich, I would try increase the temperature higher. In 30 degrees, the ich lifecycle takes about 3 days.

    Edit: Refer to this study for more info
    https://eafp.org/download/2014-volume34/issue_5/34-5-182-Maceda-Veiga.pdf
     
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    Hi Guys, the puffer js fine now, the ich disappeared after about 3 days, not sure what it was, but glad its gone

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    For puffers I would use ich X and prazipro from hikari. I've noticed that puffers don't really like paraguard. I lost 6 pea puffers while using paraguard. Also nice to know that you have started the transition into brackish they survive alot longer in brackish than in freshwater.
     
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