Purposes and Benefits Kordon`s Rid·Ich+ is a combination of two powerful medications which have proven effective in the control of many diseases of freshwater fishes caused by external protozoan (single cell) parasites such as white spot disease, Ichthyophthiriasis, Costia, Trichodina, Chilodonella and saltwater external parasites such as Cryptocaryon and Amyloodinium. The medication can also treat fungal infections in fishes. Rid·Ich+ is recommended as the best treatment for Ich, (white spot disease). Efficacy is improved and the treatment time is often reduced when compared to treatment with either malachite or formalin alone. Additionally, the Rid·Ich+ formula utilizes the less common but also less toxic chloride salt of malachite green. The recommended treatment concentration of Rid·Ich+ should be approached with caution, carefully observing the reactions of the treated fishes and ceasing treatment if any undue stress is noted. Remember, when the first outward signs of Ich (scattered spots) are noticed, the fish is often quite heavily parasitized in the gills - lowering the fish`s ability to withstand additional stress. The weaker the fishes` condition the poorer its response to any medication. Rid·Ich+ has been shown to be reasonably safe for use on fishes which normally cannot tolerate malachite green alone.
Fishes such as the so-called "scale-less" species (loaches, catfish, etc.) tolerate Rid·Ich+ very well, but be sure to follow cautions noted earlier. Some Mormyrids (elephant noses) may be particularly sensitive and should not be treated with any medication containing malachite green, including Rid·Ich+. Rid·Ich+ will not interfere with biological filtration. The lowering of dissolved oxygen levels in treated water is often associated with the use of formalin or formalin-containing medications. The use of Rid·Ich+ allows a lower concentration of formalin to be utilized. This decreases the chances of lowering the dissolved oxygen; however, (as noted above) treated fishes should be carefully observed for any signs of respiratory distress. It should be noted that while increased temperatures will often shorten the life cycle of some disease-causing organisms, it will also cause a decrease in the dissolved oxygen levels of the water. Do not increase the temperature in tanks or ponds used for treatment, unless sufficient oxygen is assured.
Specifications Contains formaldehyde (11.52% formalin) U.S.P. grade 4.26% and premium quality zinc-free chloride salt of malachite green 0.038%. Made in the U.S.A.
Dosage Use 1 teaspoon (approximately 5 ml) per 10 gallons of water. This produces a concentration of 15 ppm formalin and 0.05 ppm of malachite green. When used at the recommended concentration, 4 ounces of Rid-Ich will treat 240 gallons of water.
Mode of Action Malachite green is believed to bind strongly with the internal cytoplasmic structure of disease causing organisms interfering in normal metabolism. Formalin is a powerful reducing agent which acts by denaturing cell proteins.
Rid·Ich+ is stable indefinitely in solution. It must be stored above 50F (10C) to prevent product precipitation. Do not freeze. Do not use Rid·Ich+, or any product containing formaldehyde that has been frozen. Keep tightly closed when not in use to prevent loss of formaldehyde.
Compatibilities Kordon`s Rid·Ich+ should not be used with any other medication. When used as directed, the product is safe for use in aerated aquaria and ponds or in recirculation systems utilizing biological filtration. NovAqua® can be used during or following treatment after a water change of 20–30%.
Contraindications This medication is not intended for use in the control of bacterial infections, flukes (monogenetic trematodes), or copepods. Rid·Ich+ is primarily for the control and treatment of diseases of freshwater and marine fishes caused by external protozoan and sporozoan parasites.
Toxicity The Rid·Ich+ combination in this formulation is relatively non-toxic for fishes, but may not be tolerated by certain invertebrates, when used as directed. It may be used for the treatment of "scaleless" fishes. As with any medication, caution should be exercised whenever utilizing a chemical for the first time on a species of fish for which its tolerance is unknown. Always terminate treatments early (with partial water changes or filtration with granular activated carbon) if signs of undue stress occur. Do not treat fishes which cannot be directly observed during treatment. Be aware that some mormyrids (i.e. elephant noses) and freshwater stingrays may be adversely affected by Rid·Ich+. Rid·Ich+ is not recommended for use in aquariums containing invertebrates and may cause severe stress or death to certain of these animals. If Rid·Ich+ must be used in aquariums containing invertebrates, tests should be performed to determine a particular animals` tolerance to this medication.