Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-28-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
AZdogpatch06's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 233
Ich question

Alright so I recently purchased some snails out of a tank that had marine ich in it. Since ich cannot live off of invertebrates, I figured they'd be fine. However, when I was fishing the snails out of the bag, my hand slipped and some of the water from the shop ended up in my tank. Maybe about a cup or so worth. My question is, can ich live in the water column? Should I be concerned? Could I have accidentally introduced it into my tank this way? Thanks!

As a side note, I've currently got an ich outbreak in my freshwater planted tank right now so that's why I'm asking.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Aquarium Advice mobile app

AZdogpatch06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Mebbid's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,588
I wouldn't have bought anything from a tank that's actively infested with marine ich. It's one thing if it's a low level latent infection, but if it's a heavy infestation then I would just wait. It's presumable that the parasite could latch onto the snails shell and hitch hike in that way.

But yes, ich lives for a short time in the water column. I can't remember exactly how long, but it's something like 4 - 6 hours or so. So yes, you could have introduced ich to your tank.

As to being concerned, there's nothing you can do. If it got introduced then there's nothing that can be done about it at this point. You will have to wait for fish to show signs
"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations." -Occam's razor
Mebbid is offline   Reply With Quote

ich, question

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ich ich ich, advice please CCXGT Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 1 04-29-2014 12:29 PM
ICH ICH ICH why wont it leave? Brian Vartanian Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 9 04-04-2006 08:23 AM
UGH ich ich ich Brian Vartanian Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 1 02-16-2006 04:26 AM
Ich, ich, ich... Jobu Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 2 01-12-2006 09:51 PM
An Ich thread, for the sake of discussing Ich Menagerie Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 21 06-22-2004 04:46 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.