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Old 02-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Should I worry about removing dead fish?

Now I know this sounds bad, but due to an ich outbreak coupled with a saddleback clown killing everyone, I am left with my one yellow Coris.
Although I found the bodies of two fish, I am left with the bodies of an engineer goby, 1/2" tang, and (2) 1" clowns somewhere in the tank. Unfortunately I cannot find them. I moved a few rocks around and nothing. (Its been tough with time-constraints to remove everything) Its been about 2 weeks and my water is testing 0 in nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia.
My anemones, zoas, feather dusters and flame scallop don't seem to be affected.
Should I be worried and try to find the bodies or assume that the hermits took care of it?
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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I'm sure somebody already found those bodies. Your clean-up crew did their work.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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i would probably do a few water changes over the next week. your nitrates will most likely be quite high with all the decay and excess "food" in the tank.
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Thank you for replying! I went all paranoid and spent two hours today taking out all the rock and cleaning and etc. And...found no dead bodies. I feel a bit proud of my clean-up crew. I feel like I have a totally functioning ecosystem now.
And I found the big hermit with an anemone on his back!

...all I have to do now is decide on a new stock list.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:50 PM   #5
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you may want to remove your remaining fish and quarantine them for about 4-6 weeks. you need to let the ich runs its life cycle in the tank before putting the fish back in or it will come back.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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I have one yellow coris wrasse left (never affected by ich).
I wont be adding anyone in for a long time due to school demands. (2-3 months)
If I leave just him in there, the ich cycle will continue? (He would be the host I am assuming)
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #7
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Unfortunatly yes. If he is in there it will allow the ick to keep living. It has to be deprived of a host through a life cycle to kill it off. It may not have it yet but if its in the tank it may spring back up. Even weeks later. That's why you need to quarantine for so long. I hate ick
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #8
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I hate ick too. Its suck a pain to deal with. I tried to quarantine my fish for a while, but I do not have the patience and I always feel so guilty of depriving them of the main tank and making them stay in a 20 gallon with no sand and pvc pipes. I blame the mean clown for the mass die off though, only one fish was visibly affected by ick.
I will try to catch him and then quarantine him (or give him away) and let stupid ick go through its cycle. And try again.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:09 AM   #9
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It stinks to do, but you're left with an Ich-free tank and that makes it good for future additions. Everything out there agrees that just because the fish does not show anything does not mean it does not have it. If one fish had it, its in there and will remain until it has no host.
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keep in mind thats its fairly common for Ich to host in the gills of fish, therefor making it rather hard to visibly detect by us. the only 100% tried and true way to rid your tank of ich is the method that Funk recommended. just wait it out. also please (for yourself and the fish) dont attempt any commercialized ich remedies... they arent 100% effective
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