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Old 10-24-2004, 10:29 AM   #11
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Well, I started the copper. I don't have a refractometer, or the time to learn how, or take the time for hypo. I will be prepred if it happens again. Thanks for feeling my pain all.
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Old 10-24-2004, 10:59 AM   #12
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You can borrow my refractometer, I'm done with it for now. If you change you mind let me know. I could UPS it to you tomorrow.
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Old 10-27-2004, 07:19 PM   #13
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Do you use a UV light in your tank? They are good for getting rid of Ich. once you get your tank going if you are not using one make sure you do. If you do have one you might need a new light in it. These are very useful in combating ich
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:03 PM   #14
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Ok Update: The fish have been in qt for 17days now. I did a water change Saturday to start removing the cupramine. Since they are going to be in there at least another 4 weeks. I was wondering if I could wait a week, and try the hypo method. The fish show no signs of ich, but I could do this just to make sure. Yes or No??

PS. I know nothing about hypo. How long does it take?
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Hypo should be maintained for 4 weeks. If they look clean I wouldn't bother, but thats just my opinion. 4 weeks in plenty of time to see if they stay clean.
If you decide to, let me know. I can ship you my refractometer, don't need it right now.
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:53 PM   #16
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Thanks Kurt for the info and the offer to use your refometer (my new word).

I am going to go ahead and buy one today. I have a 24.99 credit at liveaquaria, and they have one on sale for 42.99. What do you think of this brand?
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113410

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Old 11-08-2004, 01:21 PM   #17
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It looks like mine. If it's the same one, works great.
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I'm not QS but I've got one of those and I love it. So easy to use! Just have some distilled water on hand for calibration--mine has stayed spot on for several months. (I check it every now and then.)

Can I hitch here and ask a couple of questions about QTing non-fish?

~if the LFS has the corals/inverts in a tank with no fish (and it's not plumbed into a system that includes fish), would you still QT? How long--4 weeks? 6?

~I've got a 20g QT with just plain ol' NO lights. Would I have to invest in more PC lights to QT the corals? (I've got PCs for the display, so anything I buy wouldn't need more light than that.) I don't want to take shortcuts, but shelling out another $200 for QT lights would just about make my head explode right now. Or would they survive, if not thrive, for 4-6 weeks with low light?
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IMO, I would and will qt everything, even non fish. After bringing ich into my system from some live sand that was in someone else's system I have become a little paranoid. Again just my opinion, your mileage may vary.
As for the corals, I'll defer to the good rev. I'm a fish and invert guy.
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Yeah, after reading about all the scary things that can hitchhike in (and as I'm currently battling an unknown fungus in my FW tank thanks to a lack of QT, bad me), I tend to agree. My worry is just those corals--I don't want to kill them before they make it into my dispaly. (These are all hypothetical corals at this point, I should add. I haven't even started my research there yet!)
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