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Old 03-12-2013, 11:30 PM   #11
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I agree that ich is still present in the tank but they will only prosper if fish are stressed. If one is willing to take the risk of losing the other fish in the QT for months just to totally get rid of the ich then yes fallow is the best solution. But then, why bother if the rest of the fish are happy and are not stressed? Also, down the road it is no guarantee that the ich will not return when you keep adding stock into your tank.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:49 PM   #12
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Fallow tank means that the tank has to be completely void of fish for 6-8 weeks (some has suggested 4 weeks as well). You can keep inverts in because they are not carriers of the parasite. If there are no hosts (aka fish) the parasite starves and dies. You thus have a ich-free display tank.
During the 6-8 weeks, the fish are kept in a separate tank where you can quarantine or treat the fish.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:00 AM   #13
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Can you explain how to fallow a tank! I'm new to all this and would like to know Incase I ever encounter this problem. Thanks in advance!!
Fallow means no fish, Ich needs a host (the fish) to reproduce and repeat its life cycle. If you leave the tank fallow (no fish=no host) for minimum 6-8 weeks.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #14
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Fallow = take all the fish out and put them into a seperate system/tank. A hospital tank as it were. The DT is then fallow (empty) of fish hosts for the Ick to survive on. Leav it that way for 8 weeks and they will all die.
Corals are ok tho, as are CUC
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What about raising the temp to 80 83.. Will that kill of any ick? I know that works in freshwater
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i just read aboutthis.. says its the best method to treating for ick and not have to remove anything from display tank... Metronidazole.. mix it in with the food and feed the fish... anyone try this? and what about gaurlic guard?? i use that daily for feeding.. but i just read on a sit that too much can cause respritory and or liver damage...
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:43 PM   #17
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What about raising the temp to 80 83.. Will that kill of any ick? I know that works in freshwater
No it won't kill ich, at most it can help speed up the cycle an maybe speed up the fish metabolism but it will not kill the parasite.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #18
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i just read aboutthis.. says its the best method to treating for ick and not have to remove anything from display tank... Metronidazole.. mix it in with the food and feed the fish... anyone try this? and what about gaurlic guard?? i use that daily for feeding.. but i just read on a sit that too much can cause respritory and or liver damage...
Only known true cure is copper and hypo salinity garlic can help with the fish ammune system but that's about it as far as I am aware of...
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:43 AM   #19
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i just read aboutthis.. says its the best method to treating for ick and not have to remove anything from display tank... Metronidazole.. mix it in with the food and feed the fish... anyone try this? and what about gaurlic guard?? i use that daily for feeding.. but i just read on a sit that too much can cause respritory and or liver damage...
Everything you mentioned are just to prevent the ich from attaching to your fish but are not intended to get rid of them. Once you have a fish that is stressed like a new addition then your ich will get him.
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