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Old 04-12-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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Another deadly story

Friday I put a purple tang into my tank, he looks perfecly fine all weekend swimming around looking happy. Last night I come home from work and he is covered in ich. This morning I wake up and my YELLOW tang is dead, both clowns have ich on them and the PURPLE tang is covered in more ich.

How can ich just from my PURPLE to my YELLOW tang that fast and kill the yellow tang over night.

Prior to adding the Purple tang friday the clowns and the yellow tang looked perfectly normal!

This is the 2nd time I lose all my fish in 3month period!
I cant keep spending all this money on fish so I can flush them down the toilet!
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:11 AM   #2
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What happened is that you already had ich in your tank before getting the purple tang, it's just that no one was stressed and they could fight it off. Adding new fish can be very stressful to the tanks current inhabitants. They have to assert their territories and chase the new guy. It's alot of work and this leads them to lose slime coat and their immune system goes down.

Once their immune system goes down and the ich gets a foothold, it's time to intervene and begin treatment in a separate QT for all the fish.
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I do agree and I would of treated with coper. Problem is I didnt have the stuff on hand to setup a QT nor did I have the coper, plan was to have that setup tonight after work that all depending on the fact that I could actually net the fish from the display tank.

I can't beleive the Yellow tang died overnight, last night before bed he didnt even have 1 spot of ich on him and this morning he was covered and lifeless
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:36 AM   #4
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Ich lives in the sand... it sounds like you had a major infestation waiting to take over... once the conditions were right BOOM! Your tank is now visibly infested. I would remove the fish from the display for 2 months as Ich cannot survive for that long without a host once it has cleared up I would add in the fish again. But this is the reason you should have a QT tank.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Lesson learned!
It's so hard to catch the fish without having to remove the live rock.
If I didn't have coral in my tank I would of simple added copper to the main display tonight when i got home.

I don't know what to do, I dont even know if any of the fish will still be alive by the time I make it home from work.
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The yellow tang and the purple tang are also both in the Zebrasoma family so they are even less likely to get along and more likely to fight. Maybe there was a battle to the death last night.

Also even without coral the liverock and sand would absorb the copper and you wouldn't be able to keep inverts in the tank ever. Plus i believe they absorb it so much that it doesn't do much for the fish.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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What are the chances of the still living fish to recover from the ich if I treat them with copper tonight?

I was thinking of filling a 30gallon rubbermaid plastic bin with pre mixed clean water heated to match the display tank and run copper.

Could this work?
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I'm in a similar situation as you, but only about a week ahead of you. I filled up my hospital tank with water from the DT. You want at least half of the water to come from the DT IMO. I put all my fish in a 20L and began treating with coppersafe. It's been 8 days and no spots since day 2 or 3 and my DT is sitting fallow. 6 weeks and 6 days to go...
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I think that's what I will do, Fill the 30gallon rubbermaid up half with DT water and half new mixed water, set temp and try to get the fish from the DT into the Hospital tank.

This all depending if the fish survive between now and then
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I went ahead and used 100% DT water and immediately put a heater in it to maintain the temp, then had to take out all of my LR to catch the fish. That way I didn't have to wait on the temp to adjust. Also you might consider getting an aquarium rather than the rubbermaid. The sides of those bins tend to buckle under the weight of the water. I'm curing some DIY live rock in one right now and it's so warped I can't even fit the top on it anymore. Not to mention it'll be really hard to observe your fish during treatment in the rubbermaid.
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