Treating Ich Without Harming Invertebrates
Can I effectively treat Ich without harming invert tank mates?
Many commercial Ich treatments utilize copper to kill the Ich parasite. This is fine in fish-only aquariums, but copper is toxic to aquatic invertebrates like snails, crabs, shrimp, and crayfish. So, if your sick fish are sharing an aquarium with invertebrates, what's your best course of action?
Prevention and treatment of Ich
Here are some suggestions:
Invertebrates are the "cleanup crews" in our aquariums, so it's important to take extra measures to protect their health while treating their sick tank mates. With a little prevention - and isolation when needed - you can ensure the best health of your whole aquarium.