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Old 11-25-2013, 04:15 PM   #71
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:20 PM   #72
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That's actually what happened to me with my first tank but sadly I stocked up on corals and inverts before the ich hit.

You have a couple things you could do.

1. Return any inverts and the piece of live rock you have with the coral growing on it (assuming you care if it lives or not) and perform a hyposalinity treatment on the entire tank.

2. Setup a second tank that you can keep the inverts and live rock in for 6 weeks straight without any fish while you do a 6 week hyposalinity treatment on the DT

3. Return the inverts and coral and treat the tank with a medication.


If you are sure that the fish has ich then there is really no way to know if your tank is going to be ich free or not a month or two down the road as one of the cysts might have already fallen off of the fish. Hyposalinity is the best way to treat ich but it has the downside of killing any corals or inverts. Here is a link to an article about treating it.

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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I'm going to take both the fish back tomorrow and just pray the ich hasn't spread to my tank... After all it has only been there for several hours. It seems lively and is not breathing abnormally so I may just have to hope for the best
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That's actually what happened to me with my first tank but sadly I stocked up on corals and inverts before the ich hit.

You have a couple things you could do.

1. Return any inverts and the piece of live rock you have with the coral growing on it (assuming you care if it lives or not) and perform a hyposalinity treatment on the entire tank.

2. Setup a second tank that you can keep the inverts and live rock in for 6 weeks straight without any fish while you do a 6 week hyposalinity treatment on the DT

3. Return the inverts and coral and treat the tank with a medication.

If you are sure that the fish has ich then there is really no way to know if your tank is going to be ich free or not a month or two down the road as one of the cysts might have already fallen off of the fish. Hyposalinity is the best way to treat ich but it has the downside of killing any corals or inverts. Here is a link to an article about treating it.

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
Or do the opposite of #2 and setup a second tank for the clowns that you can run at hypo salinity for 6 weeks while the dt sits fish less for those 6 weeks to kill the ich.
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Or do the opposite of #2 and setup a second tank for the clowns that you can run at hypo salinity for 6 weeks while the dt sits fish less for those 6 weeks to kill the ich.
Also a good option. It's less painful to look at a tank without inverts for 6 weeks rather than a tank without fish for 6 weeks though mine was 5 weeks old when I had to deal with ich
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That's actually what happened to me with my first tank but sadly I stocked up on corals and inverts before the ich hit.

You have a couple things you could do.

1. Return any inverts and the piece of live rock you have with the coral growing on it (assuming you care if it lives or not) and perform a hyposalinity treatment on the entire tank.

2. Setup a second tank that you can keep the inverts and live rock in for 6 weeks straight without any fish while you do a 6 week hyposalinity treatment on the DT

3. Return the inverts and coral and treat the tank with a medication.


If you are sure that the fish has ich then there is really no way to know if your tank is going to be ich free or not a month or two down the road as one of the cysts might have already fallen off of the fish. Hyposalinity is the best way to treat ich but it has the downside of killing any corals or inverts. Here is a link to an article about treating it.

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
what is a hyposalinity treatment?
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I found info on a hyposalinity treatment.Nevermind
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Lowering salt levels and keeping it there to kill it off
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I'm going to take both the fish back tomorrow and just pray the ich hasn't spread to my tank... After all it has only been there for several hours. It seems lively and is not breathing abnormally so I may just have to hope for the best
That will possibly be enough but keep in mind.. all it takes is one single parasite to drop off. In the future ALWAYS QT your fish before putting them in the tank. Even if its your very first fish.
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I will have to sort a QT tank... What size do you think would be adequate?
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