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Old 02-18-2012, 09:15 AM   #571
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So you are sure it is ick now? I don't know if I would use copper in the tank even if you didn't go reef. It is possible to do hyposalinity in the dt but it's not usually recommended.I'm doing that now and it's working great. Do you have any pics of the affected fish?
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #572
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This is what I was thinking of for the plan above.

1. Remove 45 lbs of rock and coral from LA, put into 55g. I would leave the rock I added from my 55g to make sure I kept some bacteria
2. Move fish from 55g to 125g (with my Blue Hippo and Clown) to treat for ich
3. Test water levels daily and perform water changes if needed (since a lot of bacteria will be killed by the treatment).
4. After treatment, leave the fish in there (as this would be a Fish-Only tank, so if ich ever seemed to get into the system, it is possible that I could treat in the tank), and probably add some dry base rock
5. Make 55g a full blown coral reef tank with inverts, but probably no fish (unless there are any that are not able to acquire ich).

Thanks for reading this! Nothing is set in stone yet, just some ideas.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:21 AM   #573
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So you are sure it is ick now? I don't know if I would use copper in the tank even if you didn't go reef. It is possible to do hyposalinity in the dt but it's not usually recommended.I'm doing that now and it's working great. Do you have any pics of the affected fish?
I am pretty sure that it is ich. I will try to get some pictures once they all come out of hiding if I can. They are pretty quick, lol.


Thank you very much!
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Yea I understand the plan. I just think if your going for broke changing your reef plans and using copper you can instead go for broke and hypo to dt and still have the reef after the treatment.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #575
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Thanks for the advice.

My biggest fear is having a reef setup with 10 fish, and then having ich break out. I would have to setup many QTs, and then catch the fish. So then the above thoughts came to mind, so I could still have lots of coral, and fish.
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I am thinking of maybe making this big change tomorrow.

So to sum it all up, the 125g will be fish-only, and the 55g will be a really nice reef tank (probably no fish). That way if I get ich in the 125g, it will just be like a really large QT.

Does everything sound okay?

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I am thinking of maybe making this big change tomorrow.

So to sum it all up, the 125g will be fish-only, and the 55g will be a really nice reef tank (probably no fish). That way if I get ich in the 125g, it will just be like a really large QT.

Does everything sound okay?

You would be better off getting a 75g tank then.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:46 PM   #578
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You would be better off getting a 75g tank then.
Yeah, I wish my 55g was a 75g. The bigger the better, lol. I guess I have to work with what I have though (I don't really have the money to buy another tank just yet).

Thanks for your input!
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I am now thinking that I will try hypo. The thought of never being able to use this for a reef is a little scary, lol. The only thing is I still don't have a refractometer , can I still start hypo without one/do hypo without one? If you recommend that I purchase a refractometer, which one would you recommend? I hope there is one on BRS since the group buy is still going on, thanks!
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I am now thinking that I will try hypo. The thought of never being able to use this for a reef is a little scary, lol. The only thing is I still don't have a refractometer , can I still start hypo without one/do hypo without one? If you recommend that I purchase a refractometer, which one would you recommend? I hope there is one on BRS since the group buy is still going on, thanks!
There is for around $35
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