I'm really starting to wonder what I'm going to do overall now. The advice I'm getting mostly overlaps (with various differences in details), but overall it points to QT
. I can accept that. What I'm not sure about, though, is how I'm going to put five fish in a 20 gallon tank and keep it workable for a month or two months.
These five fish fit decently in a 90 gallon tank together... but wouldn't cramming them all together in a 20 gallon with medications and hyposalinity just stress them insanely? I'm not sure I could even make enough hiding places for them in that space to matter. Then there is the bio-load on a small filtration setup...
That's based on making my tank fallow for 6 - 8 weeks (which, incidentally, is going to run right into going out of town for a week and a few days and already needing someone to keep an eye on things... not sure they will cope with these added requirements and I hate the throught of re-introduction just before I leave).
I'm thinking the most feasible thing for me to pull off is QT
for the angel with treatment, maybe reducing the salinity in the main tank slowly and watching everyone. Of course, the prediction here is that he'd just get ich again upon return to the main (even if the others do not and assuming he survives) or everyone is going to come down with it soon regardless.
Of course, I've read about 100 posts on the topic in various places around the web and that gives me at least 90 different suggested methods, all of which have been a proven success for somebody at some point.
I'm not griping about any of the advice here... I really need it and I appreciate it (so please keep it coming), but I'm trying to find that workable solution and/or answer some of the questions in my head as I sort it all out.
I feel like every hour I spend weighing options (and/or having to do just normal things with life like work) is an hour closer to a tank crash or some other disaster. On the other hand, rushing out the door and throwing something together could be just as bad if I don't think it through.
I'm not giving up here... just going through that window of irritation I suspect we all feel when it's going so well and then suddenly goes south when you least expect it.
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90G acrylic/22G sump/TF100A skimmer
90lbs (45 liverocks.com & ~45 donated 14+ year old Fiji)
Imperator, D. Saddle Butterfly, 2 Percula Clowns, Cleaner Shrimp and an army of Hermits that never sleep