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Old 02-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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24 hrs Ich?

My powder blue tang had a few white spots for less than 24 hrs. It was more like 14-16 hrs. I immediately went out and bought a tank for quarantine. But from everything I've read it should have lasted much longer before the parasite drops to the substrate to start it's reproduction cycle and come back 10x stronger. Could what I observed be not Ich?
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If it was Ich then there would still probably be some white spots on the fish still. Not all the parasites are going to drop off to restart the life cycle at once so there will always be a few spots on the fish. I wouldn't treat for Ich unless you see more spots. They are really small though so really watch for the next few days.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:41 AM   #3
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I noticed the spots are still there at night. Is it common for the spots to only be visible under aquarium lights only? They are not visible at all during the day with no aquarium lights on. Is that normal?

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I raised the water temp to 28 C (82.5 F) and what a difference in spots. They appear gone and the fish is happy.
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I would set up that QT and get it cycled and ready. You probably are witnessing the beginning of an ich infection of your tang. That's exactly how it started for me, few spots, then more 2-3 days later, then MORE, then bad things.
SW ich can't be treated with temperature like FW ich can. You'll need to read up on hyposalinity treatment for ich to get prepared. Also, try feeding the tang some nori soaked in garlic to help boost it's immune system.
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Yup, I read those articles. I started setting up the QT, but called the LFS and told him to get me a larger tank than the one I bought from him. I figured I'll need to keep this tank ready at all times so it might as well be large enough to keep the various fish, corals, rock...etc comfortably. The 30 gallon tank should be here in a day or two. In the mean time the fish is getting garlic added to it's food and the temp is raised a bit to try and control the spreading rate until the tank arrives.
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Raising the temp. in Sw does not help at all. If it was me I would QT all fish and treat with Hypo.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:08 PM   #9
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Both LFS owners I talked to said to try the 2 minute freshwater dip and recommended the UV lights as both said they've not experienced ich in tanks that run UV. from what I've read it does help but it's not a solution to an existing ich problem. It works as a preventative measure in the long run.
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Just an update. Lighting is everything when it comes to diagnosis. I finally received my new QT, set it up with water from the main tank and let it run 24hrs with it's filtration system.

I gathered 3 of the 4 fish I had in the main tank (blenny is impossible to catch) and placed them in the QT. The lighting in my main tank are 4x 54watt T5, the color temps are 19k & 15k. What seemed minor in the main tank and often appeared to disappear, became blatantly obvious in the QT. The lights in the QT are more like 5k & 9k. The white spots became instantly clearer. I started the treatment with Cupramine and it's been 2 days at 0.1mg/l so tonight I'll raise it up to 0.3mg/l and hold that for 2 days before finally reaching my goal of 0.5mg/l

The lighting is critical in the evaluation process of any disease.

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