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Old 10-01-2011, 09:59 AM   #171
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Thanks, I just found the article. I think I'm going to give hypo a try, since I've got a refractometer on hand. Gonna replace about 25% of the water with RO/DI now.

I just measured the SG and it's down to 1.022. I think I was a bit heavy handed with my last top off. I had been using a hydrometer before, and I think I was getting faulty readings due to air bubbles getting trapped. Now I'm thinking that my somewhat hypo water may have stressed my poor clowns out =(
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:11 AM   #172
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Alright, just did the water change and now my SG is down to 1.015.

I'll do another one tomorrow and hopefully I'll get down to 1.009. I'll keep everyone posted.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:13 AM   #173
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Good luck, hope it works out for you!
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:35 AM   #174
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Its been awhile since I have had to deal with ick but I believe the 2 common ways to treat are copper and hypo. I have done both. Hypo requires a bit more time, lowering the Sg to a 1.010 and keeping it there for 5-7 weeks.

Copper: I going to have to re read my notes lol

Then there is another way that people seem to think is Crel. I have successfully completed

This way basically explodes the little buggers and quick. Using fresh water and ph riser. In a 10g fill with fresh water and match the PH and temp of the main tank.
Then place the fish in to the tank for a very brief time... Around 2-4 mins. Keep an eye on their respiration. Then once completed just take them out with a soft net and replace in the QT. Rise the temp to around 85 and no lights for a few days. Once the dip is complete you should see a significant decrease of ick on the skin. I had done this method several times and it's not a common treatment among the hobby.

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:40 AM   #175
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That is called a freshwater dip BTW
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:59 AM   #176
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I think I'm going to try a freshwater dip, like NanoNerd suggested. Can this be done in conjunction with the hypo treatment I just started?
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both of them work, so I do not think that a FW dip would be needed if you are already doing hypo.
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If you started the hypo I would suggest following though with the hypo for 5-7 days then slowly start adding salt to Sg of 1.028. Then see how things look and wait a few days the. Do the FW dip. To much stress right now could just make thing worst. You don't by chance have gravel or sand in your QT do you?
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If you started the hypo I would suggest following though with the hypo for 5-7 days then slowly start adding salt to Sg of 1.028. Then see how things look and wait a few days the. Do the FW dip. To much stress right now could just make thing worst. You don't by chance have gravel or sand in your QT do you?
Nope, no sand or gravel in the QT. I keep it really bare, though I might toss a piece of PVC in there just so that the fish have another little hiding spot.
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Great, only was asking cause if you had to try copper it's 99% impossible to get copper removed from media.
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