|4 stages of Ich life cycle||How long each stage lives|
|Trophont-the parasitic stage on the fish||will mature and leave the fish after 3-7 days at 75-80 degrees|
|Protomont- parasite leaves the fish to encyst on the substrate to reproduce.||Will encyst within 24 hours, may be killed before it encysts.|
|Tomont- This is the reproductive and longest lived stage||can last up to 72 days (2 ½ months)|
|Theront- Free swimming looking for a host. This is when it can be killed.||At 86 degrees they will die within 24-48 hours with no host.|
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