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Old 12-19-2005, 02:19 PM   #1
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Coral Beauty w/ Ich

Acquired a Coral Beauty juvenile over the weekend and was anxious to get him in the tank. My mistake. No visible signs of Ich so I gave him an overnight bath in my QT bucket w/half dose coppersafe as a preventative measure. I usually QT all new arrivasl for at least 5 days.

So I acclimate him to the tank and intially he seemed fine. He started to establish his territory and pick algae from the rocks. It wasn't until day 2 that I noticed he was trying to ich himself against the rocks. I have since taken him out and have him back in QT w/ full dose coppersafe.

My question has to do with my other fish. Should they be treated for ich after being exposed to it for 1 day only? Or are they safe? Again, there are no visible signs of ich, even on the angel. However his behavior says different.

My parameters are:
Trates - 10ppm
Trites - 0
Ammonia - 0
Ph - 8.5
SG- 1.022

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If thats all the evidence that you have is that was scratching on a rock it might not be ick. It could be ick also. The only way to know is if you see white spots like grains of salt on him. But you should QT all fish a couple weeks. No meds are nessesary unless you see ick . Dont be impatient putting them in main tank.
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Yep, behavior is all. I think it's a precursor to ick, or ich. No visible white spots, which I've seen before and should be clearly visible given it's dark purple background.

About the main tank, I forget, do you raise the temp to 86 deg or lower the temp for SW to kill ick? I know freshwater you raise the temp.
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About the main tank, I forget, do you raise the temp to 86 deg or lower the temp for SW to kill ick? I know freshwater you raise the temp.
Do neither, leave the temp as it is. Lowering/raising temps will only affect the speed in which the parasite reproduces, it will have no impact on the parasites demise in any way.

As for your QT practices, minimum 4 weeks before they go in the main tank. 5 days is not nearly enough for proper observation time. If you consider the life cycles of some parasites, they can be easily unseen in such a short time.

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Thanks for the advice Steve. I'll leave the temp as is.

I also agree 5 days is not enough. Although I'm kinda worried about the angel right now because it is not eating. There is no algae in the QT for it to graze on either. I've soaked it's food in garlic and it still wont eat. Im afraid if I leave it in QT for 4 weeks it'll die of malnurishment.
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Coral beauty's usually aren't that picky an eater IME. Keep trying to feed it a variety of foods....frozen, flake, etc.

The QT practice has already been touched upon so I won't comment.
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Any suggestions?

I've tried flake, pellets, freeze dried brine and krill, frozen mysis and bloodworms, and seaweed. All with no success. Granted the angel hasn't had time to feel comfortable enough in the tank to stick his head out and eat. But he did seem interested.
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Any suggestions?

I've tried flake, pellets, freeze dried brine and krill, frozen mysis and bloodworms, and seaweed. All with no success. Granted the angel hasn't had time to feel comfortable enough in the tank to stick his head out and eat. But he did seem interested.
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When I have had problems in the past with fish eating in QT I will mix some frozen cyclopeeze with mysis or brine and they usually can not resist. Plan on water change afterwards as the cyclopeeze can foul water if to much is used. Add selcon or similar HTH
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When I have had problems in the past with fish eating in QT I will mix some frozen cyclopeeze with mysis or brine and they usually can not resist. Plan on water change afterwards as the cyclopeeze can foul water if to much is used. Add selcon or similar HTH
i cant resist it either.... yummy stuff... no really i agree, no fish has passed up on my cyclop-eeze
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