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What I Learned This Week – 6/24/12

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I learned that ich looks like fish dandruff. I learned that it can be cured by simply picking up a bottle of carcinogenic chemicals at the store and dumping them into my tank. With limited Internet research, I learned that you can most times also cure ich by keeping your aquarium above 86 degrees and adding 2-3 Tbls aquarium salt per 5 gallons (I have a 5 gallon tank). This treatment is supposed to be done for 10 days or until 3 days after the white spots disappear from your fish.

Data Betta looking at his reflection. There is also an African Dwarf Frog in there too, but he is tiny.

We are on day four of treatment. I can’t tell if his white spots are going away or if he is getting more. Hopefully this will be the last batch. Ich grows in cycles, like fleas.

I asked the Lazy Hippie Mama if I cured ich without chemicals if I could get a badge for it, like the Girl Scouts. She said sure. Even though I probably can’t and my Betta will die, I decided it would be be great fun to design such a badge anyway. See below.

Artists rendition of an imaginary badge that only exists in’s silly brain.

I also learned this week a person could go insane trying to keep the aquarium warm, the refrigerator cold, and the humans and canines cool.

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6 responses

  1. lazyhippiemama

    Reblogged this on lazyhippiemama and commented:
    I really offered no help at all in the earth-friendly treatment of the ich in question. However, I truly love the idea of Hippie Mama badges being passed out to all my eco-conscious pals. I think, maybe, funnygurl has started something beautiful! 🙂

  2. I can attest that curing ich is hit or miss with or without carcinogenic chemicals. Ich is nasty. Good luck with that. 🙂

  3. FOLLOW-UP: It is now a month later, and my fish is totally ich free! On the other hand, the African Dwarf Frog died a week or two ago. But I am not convinced he was the healthiest specimen when we obtained him anyway.

  4. Pingback: R.I.P. Data Betta (2012-2013) | I'm not stalking you.

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