Ich is one of the most common aquarium fish diseases and is one you’ll likely encounter in your aquarium adventures.
So, is there a secret formula to curing Ich?
In today’s guest post, Kevin Liang, the inventor of the EcoQube has a little secret formula to share in curing Ich.
This so called “secret” formula is surprisingly a chemical more commonly used with dogs, called Fenbendazole.
The Secret Formula
Fenbendazole is a chemical used in dog deworming medications such as Safeguard.
It started being utilized in the aquarium hobby by hobbyists in shrimp breeding eradicate planaria and hydra.
A great post on how and why to use it in shrimp tanks by planetinverts here.
In addition to Fenbendazole, increasing the temperature to ~80*F, add small amounts of salt and adjust mineral content (Calcium, Magnesium, Total dissolved solids) according to the fish’s preferences.
How do you use it?
Fenbendazole is effective and super cheap! Minimal dosages can result in the cure of your fish!
Given optimal conditions, 2-3 treatments of 1/32 teaspoon for 100 gallons every 3 days is all that is needed! We go by 1 small tweezer pinch for 20 gallons.
Since it was originally used for sensitive Crystal Red Shrimp, it is extremely safe for all of your livestock excluding snails. Hungry fish feed on it and turn out completely fine!
When was it discovered?
Kevin Liang from ADIventures.net began using Fenbendazole when breeding high quality Crystal Red Shrimp back in 2008 and have continued to use the medication ever since.
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In a somewhat accidental fashion in 2010, Kevin realized fenbendazole was extremely effective in assisting fish to fight off most protozoan as well as parasitic illnesses such as ich, heximita and many others listed here.
After our discovery of fenbendazole and its effectiveness against ich, we introduced it to many members of the San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society (SFBAAPS.org) community as well as the renowned Aqua Design Amano Dealer/Distributor- Aqua Forest Aquarium.
Many members of SFBAAPS.org have been using it over the past 4 years now as well as Aqua Forest Aquarium in their quarantine tanks with little to no ill/side effects.
When it was introduced into their fish quarantine systems, Ich was dramatically reduced from several aquariums infected with Ich to almost no aquariums infected over a period of 3-5 days.
Try it Out Yourself
Do you have trouble with Ich in your aquarium? Try out Kevin’s “Secret Formula” above and report it to us in the comments section below.
We hope sharing this information will save you all time and money making this hobby more enjoyable!