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Old 09-01-2008, 09:49 PM   #11
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Sure, there is still a slight risk, but I'm willing to absorb that amount of risk.
The risk factor of not QTing new fish is different for everyone. What is the value of your existing fish? Do you have children with emotional attachment to the fish? Do you have time to deal with a sick fish in the main? How much to you trust the source you got the fish from?
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i would love to set one up but i would want meds on hand instead of having to drag my parents to the fish store with me each time that i identify something. is there like a kit or something out there that has a variety?
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A thermometer and a refractometer are the best things to keep on hand. Ich for example can be treated with changes in salt and temperature alone. Most of the other meds have expiration dates, so it's a bit wasteful to keep them around and have to throw them out later.
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yea i have the refractometer and thermometer on hand. and thanks for the tip about expiring.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:45 AM   #15
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The risk factor of not QTing new fish is different for everyone. What is the value of your existing fish? Do you have children with emotional attachment to the fish? Do you have time to deal with a sick fish in the main? How much to you trust the source you got the fish from?
We're not talking about quarantining fish here... where talking about quarantining snails. The only risk is with the water that is coming in with them. And with proper techniques, you can knock the risk level down by a couple of orders of magnitude.
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Ich for example can be treated with changes in salt and temperature alone.
If you mean hyposalinity as far as "changes in salt", then yeah... I agree. But I get the feeling you're confusing freshwater ich with saltwater ich. Two totally different beasts.
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FYI, invertebrates (mobile or not) have been known to carry over various bacteriums amongst other nasties, all communicable to humans.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:28 PM   #18
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If you mean hyposalinity as far as "changes in salt", then yeah... I agree. But I get the feeling you're confusing freshwater ich with saltwater ich. Two totally different beasts.
Freshwater ich is usually treated via temperature changes, SW ich by hyposalinity?
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That`s one of a few ways. IMO it`s one of the best ways. This link shows several other ways.

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
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Freshwater ich is usually treated via temperature changes, SW ich by hyposalinity?
I'd say the most common treatments for fw ich are raised salinity, raised temperature, and copper (still widely used). For sw the most common is hyposalinity and copper. In the future it seems nothing will be full proof since certain species of ich are showing tolerances towards near fw salinities, but this in itself is off topic.
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