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Old 06-07-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Help with pH

Last weekend I purchased a powder blue and low and behold two days after introduction it came down with ich. I began treating the tank with Chem Marin stop parasites yesterday. The directions warn about a drop of pH after each treatment. So far my pH has dropped to about 7.8. Since I have calcium carbonate sand in the tank, that should help buffer the pH correct? Or should I get an additional buffer. So far all fish and all corals except the toadstool seem to be doing fine. The spots on the powder blue are all gone for what I can see.

From now on quarantine, quarantine, quarantine.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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Yeah, the powder tangs are notorious for ich. Your substrate should help buffer the PH, but you will probably need another buffer to bring levels back to where they need to be.
Good luck with the tang!
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:06 AM   #3
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Stupid tangs.... but they are so beautiful.

What pH buffer would you recommend?
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:08 AM   #4
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Here he is prior to treatment.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:14 AM   #5
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I use Seachem Reef buffer. Can't overshoot 8.4, and slightly raises Alk too.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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Beautiful fish, hope you get him straightened out. Best of luck Swiftler.
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Aren't Cleaner Shrimp a good alternative to chemicals when dealing with Ich or is that a myth? Came across this thread and was wondering if Cleaners really work.
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Cleaners (shrimp or wrasse) aren't really that effective. Not much is except copper & hypo in a quarantine tank.

Ich has 4 stages of life I believe, lasting 4-6 weeks and only one of which presents visibly. Many people try various treatments and see the ich disappear thinking they've cured it. All those "ich came back" posts you see are really ich that never went away; just left the visible stage.

If your fish is strong & otherwise healthy, the ich can come & go on its own. If its present in one fish, it's present in all fish so they all need to be treated outside the tank.

One positive note: unless a new strain of ich is added to your tank, the ich cycle will end in about 11 months & be unable to reproduce. BUT treat it. Imagine you had a full body rash 24/7 for 11 months - you'd be going nuts. In that time, if anything else pops up like stress, water quality problems or another disease, it'll probably kill the fish.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:15 AM   #9
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Just an add on you have to keep the main tank without fish for 6 weeks to insure the ich has die they can't live without a host fish also cleaner shrinp won't work because the parasite is actually under the fishes skin and can't be gotten to by the shrimp
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If Im not mistaken, the white spots aren't parasites themselves, they are cysts which drop off the fish & hatch into new parasites releasing ich into the water column in search of a new host.
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