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Old 01-21-2006, 08:26 PM   #11
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Ich can appear to be dormant in a tank in that you never see an outbreak till something goes wrong that stresses the fish. But it is possible to have an Ich free tank. Once you do you should QT everything for 6 weeks before adding it to the main tank.

I removed all my fish to a QT and left the main tank fallow of fish for the 8 week QT period. Ich can not survive more than 30 days without a host fish so that left my main tank free, and the hypo treatment insured that my fish were free.

Is my tank free of Ich? I don't know. I have added some corals (without QT) since the treatment and although I have not seen any evidence of it, it is possible to have introduced it again.

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Appreciate all the feedback. I definitely understand the ick situation with any tangs - especially the Powder Blue. I've read enough on this site alone to understand how to avoid the situation and how to fix it (i.e., Steve S). At this point, I've not had any ich outbreaks in my tank, so I'm hoping I do not have the parasite (sounds like that is never a guarantee?). Although this is always a concern, my real uncertainty involved having two tangs (hippo and powder blue) in the same 120 gallon tank with out stressing either one of them (again, in many ways it goes back to the ich issue that you all correctly bring up). From the feedback, it appears that folks think my tank is big enough, and the two fish will be compatable. That's my real concern.

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