Is Super Ick Cure Safe For Shrimp?

SUPER ICK API The fish treatment CURE tackles extremely contagious parasite illnesses such as “Ich,” or white spot sickness in fish. The multistage life cycle of the Ich parasite makes it inconspicuous in the early stages when it burrows into skin and gill tissue, severely depleting electrolytes, damaging the gills, and encouraging secondary bacterial and/or fungal infections.

Your fish may exhibit early signs of this infection by darting around the aquarium, clawing against gravel or decorations, breathing that is laborious, and staying close to the water’s surface, near filters, or close to aeration equipment. On fish, white dots might not always be apparent. Use of SUPER ICK CURE in freshwater and saltwater aquariums is secure. It is crucial to dose in accordance with the guidelines on the label for this medicine, which is available in both liquid and powder form.

There is a chance that this drug will harm corals and invertebrates. We do not advise using this product in any freshwater or saltwater aquarium containing invertebrates, much alone reef aquariums.

Fill the aquarium with one packet for every 10 gallons of water. After 48 hours, repeat the dose. Wait another 48 hours, then replace the filter cartridge or change 25% of the aquarium’s water along with some new activated carbon. Use instructions for liquid: Continue aerating after removing the activated carbon from the filter. For every 5 litres of aquarium water, add 5 ml. Repeat dose 48 hours. Activated carbon should be added, and 25% of the aquarium’s water should be changed after another 48 hours.

SUPER API LIQUID ICK Snails can safely utilize CURE fish treatment, however it is advised that you only use half the usual dosage.

  • Before using API LIQUID SUPER ICK CURETM fish medicine, should I remove my filtration media?

Fish medication that has been dosed into your aquarium will also be removed by products made to remove elements from your aquarium, such as filter media. Remove your filtration medium while administering API LIQUID SUPER ICK CURE fish medicine for the greatest results.

  • Is freshwater shrimp safe to eat after using API LIQUID SUPER ICK CURETM fish medicine?

SUPER API LIQUID ICK Only tropical fish and marine fish, not shrimp, should be used in freshwater aquariums with CURE fish cure.

  • Will my live rock be killed by API SUPER ICK CURETM fish medicine, and should I turn off my UV sterilizer?

SUPER ICK API Reef aquariums and aquariums with living rocks are not suitable environments for using CURE fish treatment. This procedure has no effect on your UV sterilizer. Remove the filter’s activated carbon or filter cartridge for best results, then keep aerating the filter.

Will an acrylic tank become stained with API SUPER ICK CURETM fish medicine?

Many API fish medicines, like SUPER ICK CURE, will color aquarium water. Before dosing, it’s necessary to take out any decorations or artificial plants that you might not want to stain. Do not attempt to erase colors until the course of therapy; keep in mind that the discoloration is a necessary component of the fish medicine. The discoloration can be removed more rapidly by conducting regular partial water changes and adding API ACTIVATED CARBON or API BIO-CHEM ZORBTM filtration media to the filter, though it will eventually fade with time and exposure to light.


Not at all, no. It reads, and I’m going to literally quote from the label, “Because certain scaleless fish are sensitive to this treatment, only use half the recommended dosage. This product is not suggested for reef aquariums since some saltwater invertebrates, such corals, may be sensitive to it.” And why is it dangerous? What about it is dangerous?

Therefore, I would assume that in order to utilize the Super Ick Cure, you would need to take the afflicted shrimp to a hospital tank. The Reef Cichlid and Firemouth I’m using it on both have Ick. I have both of them in a 5.5g hospital tank with Super Ick cure dosed in.

I have shrimp in the tank, but my fish are sick. The issue is that I can only set up one QT, and it’s already full of platy fry because one just gave birth there yesterday. Although the fries are a wonderful bite-sized food for the ghost shrimp, I will probably eat the shrimp if I have to put them in the QT while I’m medicating the fish (possibly slightly premature). Furthermore, I am unable to move the fry since they are so small that they will be able to squeeze through any openings in my nets.

If an item is safe for invertebrates, it will usually mention so on the bottle. DarkOne, you suggested it; is it secure?

According to what I’ve read, the only invertebrate-safe ich medications are ich X and ich attach. Additionally, I’ve read that ich won’t attach to invertebrates, so you might take your fish into a quarantine tank and treat the aquarium by simply raising the temperature to the 80s and vacuuming the gravel; the ich should then die in 5–6 days.

Yes, that is the reason I’m in this pickle. The dumb item makes no mention of inverts. I could do that, but my QT is only small enough to hold a few fish at once. And even if I do remove them, won’t ich still be dormant in the tank? The fact that I’ve been changing the water, adding plants, and other things as I’m still sort of setting everything up has caused stress in all of my fish lately. Guys have been replacing our roof’s shingles today and yesterday, and the noise they create sometimes causes the house to tremble. I don’t want to crowd them into a tiny tank and make it worse.

If it’s safe, I guess I’ll either medicate the tank or, if not, transfer my shrimp and snails before medicating, letting the fry compete for survival of the fittest.

What else does Super Ick Cure contain?

Well, PVP, the main component of Stress Coat, is a biofilm that covers and protects the epidermis. They have undoubtedly enhanced it such that Malachite Green may chemically stain the skin and render it toxic to Ich Swarmers, but they may have also coated the skin physically to hinder the swarmers’ ability to re-encyst in large numbers. I’m not sure. I don’t care. It works.

There are numerous other references to Methylene Blue and an antibiotic called a Furan being present in the drug. The label does not list them. I seriously doubt that these ingredients are in Super Ick Cure, and if they are, API is breaking the law by placing them in the bottle without listing them on the label. I sincerely doubt API would descend to that, too.

Malachite Green is reduced to Malachite Green Chloride in the presence of an aldehyde to produce “benzaldehyde green.” (Reference)

So, without explicitly saying it, Super Ick Cure is basically just Malachite Green, but there is a smart trick at work.

Malachite Green Chloride becomes complexed in the tissues after entering the fish and STAYS there. When the Ich organisms return to the tissues to encyst, it is still harmful to them since it is “leucomalachite green” in the tissues.

Malachite green thus stains the fish, lives in the epidermis, and kills the swarmers as they encyst in the tissues in addition to killing the swarmers in the water. The life cycle is largely broken in the middle by Super Ick Cure.

The tricky part is that you need to introduce a significant quantity of Super Ick Cure into the water in order to STAIN the fishes’ epidermal cell layer without wiping them out completely.

And by “killing everything,” I specifically mean snails and shrimp. According to some merchants, Super Ick Cure hurts snails and shrimp alike.

It SHOULD kill snails if done properly. If it doesn’t, you’ve hopefully done enough to kill Ich without also wiping out all of your trapdoors. Malachite green and formalin will kill practically all of your snails. None of them.

Until you (or someone you trust) has tested the product on shrimp, I HONESTLY would not believe ANY vendor who claimed it wouldn’t kill shrimp. And I’ve not.

What is the ideal treatment for IBS?

There are many ways to treat ich, ranging from mild herbal remedies to quite invasive ones, but after years of testing, Aquarium Solutions Ich-X is our preferred prescription. Any fish, including scaleless fish, shrimp, snails, and living plants can be treated with it safely and effectively.

  • First, confirm that the illness is, in fact, ich. It may be beneficial to wait 24 hours before making the diagnosis because stress ich and velvet both have features in common with each other.
  • Wait 24 hours after administering Ich-X in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations of 5 ml per 10 gallons of aquarium water. (Half-strength dosages won’t be strong enough to kill ich in sensitive fish, so avoid using them. We have treated tens of thousands of fish, and we have never had an issue with any species.)
  • Alternately medicate the aquarium with 5 ml of Ich-X per 10 gallons of water after changing one-third of the water. Don’t forget to add enough medication to treat the aquarium’s entire water volume, not just the volume of water that was removed.
  • Every 24 hours, repeat Step 3 until you no longer notice any ich symptoms.
  • After you last see ich on your fish, perform Step 3 for an additional day, just in case there are any cysts buried beneath the ground. (Only when the protozoa are swimming freely and not enclosed in a cyst does the drug kill them.)
  • As part of your usual water change schedule, let the medication in the water for a while and then gradually remove it.
  • You may need to treat for secondary infections since the fish’s body has numerous lesions and tissue damage after treatment, which creates an excellent environment for bacterial and fungal pathogens.

Malachite green chloride, Ich-X’s active component, has a bright blue hue, thus if at all possible, keep your hands away from the liquid. In our experience, silicone aquarium decorations or blue discoloration have not presented any issues.

If there isn’t any recovery after five days, the illness was probably misdiagnosed, and you don’t have ich. Stop taking Ich-X as a treatment, gradually wean yourself off of it using your regular water change schedule, and then reassess the situation.

Salt is a useful alternative to Ich-X if it is not available where you live. Although catfish and loach species may be more sensitive to salinity fluctuations, we frequently use it with cichlids (both African and South American) and goldfish. Read our blog post on aquarium salt for additional information on how to treat ich with salt.

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Okay, in keeping with that, will the fish in the unaffected tank catch it if I relocate them to another populated tank for treatment of the diseased tank? Thanks for the prompt responses.

According to the studies I’ve done, invertebrates cannot catch the majority of fish-related diseases. Simply acclimatize them with tank water from the new tank; never add ANY tank water from the diseased tank to the tank that was relocated because doing so could spread the infection to the other tank.

An intriguing idea. Do you refer to the brand-new exoskeleton? Does it disappear as it dries out? According to my study, ghosties have a low risk of contracting fish-related diseases, but there is no mention of recent shedding.

I’ve always believed that invertebrates couldn’t contract ich, but I keep hearing otherwise as I treat a tank full of them. I’m not really sure, then. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t take them out of the ich-filled aquarium and place them in a different tank containing fish.

Yes, their new exoskeleton is initially very soft when they shed their old one. This is something I’ve seen on a few places, where people move fish to a separate tank (QT) and only treat that, leaving shrimp in the main tank, but it doesn’t seem to fix their issue. also images of them wearing it. I’ve heard arguments about fish having a slime coat that shrimp lack, etc., yet other people have stated that fish have ich in their gills.

To be cautious, I would also treat the invertebrates. The safest approach would be to use salt and heat. Many medications contain copper, which kills invertebrates.

That’s how I feel, yes. The lifecycle concept and waiting it out without a host while treating another tank bothers me a lot because we frequently hear that Ich is always present in a tank.

Along these lines, I was curious if API liquid super ick treatment contains copper. Since there isn’t an ingredient list, I was merely curious.

Super Ick Cure is described as a malachite-green drug on the API website. Although it does mention that some scaleless fish may be sensitive to it, invertebrates are not mentioned. In order to speed up the life cycle and increase the effectiveness of the medications, it also suggests raising the temperature.