The **** ich kept coming back, gradually getting worse. I've seen both tangs, and one clown flashing. Also the Kole and flashing clown had some pretty rough marks where they'd been flashing a lot more than I'd seen. So last night I set up a 20 gallon hospital tank, threw in some PVC
joints and elbows, a powerhead, heater, and airstone. I thought I had .5" PVC
to make a sponge filter, but alas, I need to run to the hardware store at lunch and get some.
I treated the hospital tank with coppersafe, and checked all fish this morning and the YWG tried to jump out! Thankfully I have it covered! All fish appear to be doing well, except the Royal Gramma that wouldn't come out of his hole in the LR
last night when I took the tank apart to catch them all. Planned on getting him out today, which I did. Unfortunately he didn't run from me at all!
Dead fish don't run. I guess stirring up the sand bed and moving all the rocks caused a spike and he didn't last.
But it's probably a good thing that I've got them in the hospital tank anyway, because I have 30 more lbs of base rock on its way from reefcleaners.org. I probably would have lost more than the gramma had I left them in when I rearranged the tank.
My question though is how long do I need to leave the tank fallow? I know the ich will be gone from the hospital tank long before it's gone in the DT due to the copper treatment.