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Old 06-15-2004, 07:41 AM   #1
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5 hour ich?

I work 10 hour nights and am generaly pretty beat when I get home at 3am, bear that in mind.

Before I left for work yesterday I fed my fish (2 percs, 1 royal gramma, 1 coral beauty). Everyone is fine, eating well and active. I have 2 large feater dusters in there also. I upgraded my lighting this weekend to 210w PC, and because of the new plugs I can't use my old timers so I'm depending on my wife to turn the lights off at night. I get home after 3 am and see the lights still on. Since these things crank off a LOT of heat ( is that normal for PC?), I check the temp and see my tank is up to around 84. Usual temp is a rock solid 78.

I decide to give my little guys a bedtime snack for a little treat. In doing so I see what I think is a 3rd large featherduster. Closer inspection shows the 1 that is directly under the new lights tossed his crown. Apparently he's not a big fan of the new lighting and has decided to move elsewhere. Anyway, as I'm feeding the fish a few vitamin enriched brine, I see that all but 1 of my clowns now has a few (2-3) white bumps on their skin. Everyone appears fine, is colorful and as active as ever with the usual hearty appetite. Bumps definately were not there when I left for work. I inspect the fish daily while they feed.

I've never had ich in this tank before, but that's what I assume I've got. Coral beauty was the most recent addition, about 3 weeks ago. But I'd been watching him at lfs for about a month and haven't seen ich on any of their fish. Being that I'm beat and aren't set up to QT anything, I decide to do a FW dip today and get the QT tank up and running. But when I get up after about 5 hours sleep, all the fish are clean healthy and active.

besides observation, any thoughts?

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Old 06-15-2004, 07:46 AM   #2
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Whoops, forgot to add.

55gal w/dsb
10gal fuge w/dsb and macro
pulled water samples to do my sunday night testing b4 feeding, am, 'trites at 0, 'trates at 20-30 (normal) ph at .2 -.3 and sg at .024.

I have had ich in FW in the past, but never seen it just dissapear. Possible mis-diagnosis? I am ordering a few simple corals for this system tomorrow, any reason to hold off?

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Old 06-15-2004, 11:15 AM   #3
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I noticed when my fish had ich and/or velvet that it was most visible after lights out or in the early AM. Also being that is has a life cycle, it may have just moved to the trophont stage and fallen to the substrate. I would watch for a while and be ready to treat.
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