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Old 11-10-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Flame hawk itching

My flame hawk has been scratching on rocks for the past three days and he looks a little pale. I checked for ich spots but i cant find anything so does anyone know what could be wrong? The only new thing is the yellow tang which i added about a week ago

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Old 11-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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tangs are prone to ick so I would be leaning towards ick

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Old 11-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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It's not a Tang, but odds are if its acting that way, something is going on.
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I was dealing with a yellow tang this morning that had begun to itch. It too did not have any spots. I put in "prime" to promote its slime coat and gave it some garlic infused seaweed and it hasn't itched in hours. Maybe try that.

Also what are you parameters? I've heard that ph or salinity issues can cause scratching too
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This is what worked for me. Here's the instructions from the bottle.

"Shake well before using.
To use as a food soak:
Apply Garlic Xtreme directly on dry, frozen or live food and allow to soak. Place 2 drops of Garlic Xtreme per teaspoon of fish food each time you feed. As with any food, do not feed more than can be eaten in a five-minute period. To use directly in aquarium: Add 1 drop per 10 gallons of aquarium water. This method would be used particularly if fish are not eating or if they have visible parasites, wounds, or infections.
Does not require refrigeration or freezing after opening, however refrigerating will prolong useful life.
Garlic is safe for all species of marine and freshwater fish, plants, live corals, and other invertebrates. Because KENT Marine Garlic Xtreme is very strong and fish are extremely sensitive to chemical scents, it is not recommended that you exceed 2 drops per feeding."

After the third day I stopped dosing and did a water change then started over one more time. Anytime I see a fish flash I use it on the food for two feedings. It's been six years with no ICH and I don't quarantine. The trick is catch and treat it early.
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
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chi, flame

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