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Old 04-12-2005, 09:10 PM   #11
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i alwasy thought its best to raise the salanity higher to kill off those along with raising temps
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:14 PM   #12
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The salinity needed to affect the parasite to any great degree would also have the same affect on the fish being treated. Hypersalinities are not an affective treatment. Raising the temp is also not recommended. It has absolutely no affect on breaking the life cycle of any parasites. Most optimally reproduce at or near regular reef temperatures. Some like Cryptocaryon irritans, optimal reproductive temp is 86¬į. While you might think "great, I'll get rid of it faster", it actually has quite a negative effect on fish. Higher temps also affect the pH of the fish's blood making their immune response much slower and ineffectual.

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not to argue but I have had great luck ridding my fish of parasites by lowering my levels. You might be right, but it works for me.?

I haven't had a parasite or ick anything like that in a couple of years? maybe lucky on my part.

But I contribute it to low salt levels.
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not to argue but I have had great luck ridding my fish of parasites by lowering my levels. You might be right, but it works for me.?

I haven't had a parasite or ick anything like that in a couple of years? maybe lucky on my part.

But I contribute it to low salt levels.
Not to belabor the point nor to fight about it either but I can assure you the slightly lowered salinity would have nothing to do with it. Anything higher than 16 ppt would be ineffective for most protozoans. I would go so far to say that either the fish did not have a parasite issue to begin with or the possible affliction was not properly diagnosed.

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My salinity is about 1.021.. is this a good range to keep it in? I'm just setting up..
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:18 PM   #16
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i keep mine at 1.024
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:22 PM   #17
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Personally I don't think keeping lower than NSW values serves much purpose, at least not for the animals you'll be keeping. Your best area is 1.023-1.025 SG but if you have a refractometer, target 35 ppt.

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