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Old 10-06-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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I have read a lot of articles similar to that claim but the authors have their own opinions. I speak through my own experience with regards to ich and we have debated about this so many times. I have 3 tangs right now in my 150 gal. The blue had started to have a sign of ich just last week. It shakes it's head at the back side of tank which tells me there is something irritates it's gills. Once I applied the GarlicXtreme it calms down and now he looks normal. I had an ich outbreak 2 years ago and I did not QT all of them. Just the blue tang and they all survived. Maybe you can share your own experience that wiped out your tank.
So you have fish that host a constant ich infestation because youve never successfully treated it. Their immune system suppresses the infestation enough to not become an outbreak. If you went through the process of treating your fish and leaving the tank fallow it would be gone and wouldnt come back until reintroduced into the tank. Its a prime sign of a healthy tank, keeping the nitrates and stress down boosts their immune system.

Ive never had a tank crash due to ich. In fact, ive never even lost a fish to it although my clowns came close when the infestation started. Fish should never die to ich since its such an easy parasite to control.
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All my fish are pretty happy that's why I don't have an ich outbreak (knock on wood) even though I know there's ich in my tank for 2 years now.
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Ive never had a tank crash due to ich. In fact, ive never even lost a fish to it although my clowns came close when the infestation started. Fish should never die to ich since its such an easy parasite to control.
So where did the ich come from if you have QT all of them?

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So where did the ich come from if you have QT all of them?

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I didnt qt them. They went straight into my tank after getting them from the lfs. I didnt start qting until I treated my fish.
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There are some who lost more fish under treatment in QT and there are also some who are not successful just like the OP. If there are options without exposing them to anymore stress you might just save them before it's too late.
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Here are 2 interesting questions I have in mind. Is the ocean free from ich? My answer is NO but why are the fish seems to be not affected. The simple answer is because they have developed a good immune system.
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Here are 2 interesting questions I have in mind. Is the ocean free from ich? My answer is NO but why are the fish seems to be not affected. The simple answer is because they have developed a good immune system.
Instead of that think about this. Our tank is a closed system with a relatively ENORMOUS number of fish per gallon when compared to the ocean. In the wild, it doesn't matter at all if a fish gets a single parasite of ich on them because when it drops off and spawns all of the ich parasites are going to be washed all over the nearby area. Ocean current will pull a parasite for miles every hour. Comparatively, the furthest a parasite will ever be from the original fish is what? 6 feet?
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Good point but there's always fish available wherever they are and will multiply exponentially if not for the fish immune system.
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