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Old 12-20-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Been treating sailfin tang with cupramine for 4 weeks

I've had my sailfin tang and kole tang in a 37 gallon quarantine tank and I've been treating them for ich with cupramine for 4 weeks. My sailfin tang still looks like he has ich on his tail. I've kept the level at .50 the whole time and even brought it up to .60 this last week. How is it possible he still has ich?? Could it just be permanent damage on his tail from having ich for a long time or something? It's only on his tail. And the kole tang has been clear for 2 weeks now. Should I keep treating? There's no live rock and only a few specs of sand left from when I scraped the sand out and couldn't get it all. Any suggestions? Thanks for help in advance
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Well I guess I'll treat for another week and see if it goes away



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Old 12-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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I have never used Cupramine, but think it says to treat for two weeks? I've seen some people suggest three weeks. Even recall reading that if you call them, they will suggest three weeks. Odds are if you have done everything properly, they are both okay. For the one that still has a few spots on the tail, I would probably get it back in normal water and observe a little longer. No harm in taking a little longer just to be sure. Copper can cause damage to fish if exposed too long, so I'd go normal salinity, or even hypo. If the other is clear, it's probably good to go.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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Ok idk why it kept saying you do not have permission to access this post anytime I tried to reply. I'm the one who started the thread wat the Heck lol
Ok so I guess I could do a water change and get the copper out and see if ich shows back up. And don't I have to wait for both fish to be clear before putting either into the main tank? And I forgot the first week was spent getting the copper up to .5 because I do half doses for 4-5 days to get it up slowly to keep from stressing the fish too much. So technically they've only been treated for 3 weeks.

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Old 12-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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I don't see any harm in getting water back to normal and watching both a bit just to be sure. Probably better than putting them back in and having issues.

How long has the display tank been fallow? I assume there are no fish in there?

You want 6-8 weeks for that part of the equation too. If these had Ich, that can still be lurking in the DT, so you want anything in the DT to die off due to no host before adding these two back in.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:03 PM   #6
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Yea I've already been through that. I actually let my 120 sit empty for 12 weeks just to be extra sure. My two clowns and scopas were the first ones I treated and they've been back in the tank for 4 weeks. I treated them for 4 weeks even though they didn't show any ich to begin with. I've been checking them everyday and still haven't seen ich on them so I must of done right with them. My sailfin and kole were in a 55 waiting to be treated. So since I've already been through all that I just want to make sure I get it all gone from the sailfin

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Old 12-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #7
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I just went through this with my Sailfin. I would suggest you treat the little fellow a full 28 days before returning him to the display. Research the life cycle of ich and you can see why. After 14 days of treatment they "should" be eradicated but it will take another 14 days to be absolutely sure.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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Well I started treatment on the 20th of last month. And lets say it took 5 days to get copper level up to .50.. so then actual treatment started on the 25th. Tomorrow would be the 4th week and the 28th day. What if he still has ich?

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Go for another 14 days.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:58 AM   #10
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Dang I just don't wanna stress the poor fish out but as of tonight he still has ich. Now it's back on his fins too. It was just his tail. Hope it gets better soon. And I hope I treated the scopas and clowns long enough. I never saw any ich on them in the first place so I just did 4 weeks. But they've been in the 120 for 4 weeks and I haven't seen any still so hope it's all good. Ich is so complicated in saltwater.

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