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Old 12-02-2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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i left him in the main tank. please know that this is the only time (probably the last too) that this has ever happened to me. i dont think that many fish survive ich. as i understand it, all fish have some sort of immunity built up to it, and that it is present more often than we know, and the slightest stress makes them more susceptable to getting it. i think. . . . .
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all fish have some sort of immunity built up to it, and that it is present more often than we know, and the slightest stress makes them more susceptable to getting it. i think. . . . .
I kind of believe that also. Whether it`s 100% true I`m not sure.
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Fish do have a natural resistance to most diseases as do all animals including humans in conjunction with susceptibilities, but they also have countless "cleaner" animals at their disposal along with natural/healthy food sources to aid in case of those with weakened systems. I personally believe the stress is very different between that of an animal in the wild and those within our captive care, of which those in the wild getting the better end of the deal.
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As far as I understand, the parasite exists in many (most?) aquariums, and a fish with a weakened immune system will become infected easier. Similar to us humans who have white blood cells to fight off bad antigens (bacteria). If our immune system is weakened due to stress on our cardiovascular system, we may catch a cold (bacterial infection) easier.

With that said, I decided that before investing in the extra tank and equipment to set up a QT... (I live in an apartment so I don't have the luxury of having room everywhere to set up these extra systems, especially to keep them looking pretty.) I would try the advice from my LFS of giving them some garlic/omega food, and raising the temp in the water a few degrees. (which does not kill the parasites, but will speed up the process before the parasites 'drop off' the fish.)

My fish had the ich for 2 days. I gave them the flake food, and raised the temp. The white spots left the fish within 6 hours of the temp raised, and they immediately became much more active and playful. It's been almost a week now since then, and they're still fine again. I'm sure the parasite is still in the system, but the fish do not seem to care anymore.

A separate QT tank with hypo treatment is always better, but this is what I'm experimenting with right now to see what happens. So far, so good.
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I think you probably need a few more weeks to ensure the life cycle of the parasite ahs run its course. I would be interested in knowing if it shows back up.

In my case the white spots on my fish I thought were ich are now gone. I did go through the effort of firing up my QT and I will leave it up for a bit in case it is required near term.
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I agree. I think the entire life cycle will can run a solid 6 weeks. The immediate results are good, the fish no longer seem stressed in any way. We'll see how things progress down the line. I'm keeping a close eye on them.
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