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Old 02-07-2009, 08:31 PM   #11
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Wrong. It is not always present. Parasites require hosts or they too will perish (repetitious today).
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ich isnt always present, it needs a host and has a life cycle.
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Water fluctuation IMO can be salinity swings from evap, ammonia spikes, other additives, ph, tempurature, and anything that doesn't stay stable enuf for the fish to do well. You may have been told about "water fluctuations" causing ick. Well, lack of stability in the water causes fish lots of stress sometimes. Stress causes lowered immune system. Lowered immune system causes illness.
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... Lowered immune system causes illness.
Maybe I'm just being anal, and it's a semantics thing... but a lowered immune system does not "cause" illness. If an illness is present, a lowered immune system may allow it to take hold and make its presence known.

And in my opinion (and that's all it is), ich may be present all the time in the ocean, but it doesn't have to be present all the time in our tanks. With proper tank setup and quarantine procedures, the risk of introducing ich to a clean system can be very small.
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You're right. "Cause" is a bad choice of words. Allows for... or "may allow it to take..." are indeed more appropriate.
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