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Old 03-20-2009, 02:35 PM   #21
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I've never done it but isnt a freshwater dip highly stressful to the fish?
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #22
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I know it will be, but they will be ok after 10 min after you put it back in the qt .
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:04 PM   #23
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At this point I'm so confused about what to do. And I think I'm stressing more than the fish are. But I'm gonna just do the best I can that's all I can really do
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I know, I've been there, isn't that fun? Just try the simple thing first.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:10 PM   #25
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IME fresh water dips just did not work. As a matter of fact both times I did it the tang died. I`m not discounting anyone`s experience just stating mine.
Also you know you dont have to have a tank to QT. A rubbermaid tote will work just as good.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:38 PM   #26
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Well I have made up my mind I I have started doing hypo with the hydrometer and also contiuing the other treatment with the garlic as well. I wasn't able to barrow a refratometer on account she didn't have one. Go figure right a marine biologys dosent even have one I well I'll do my best thanks for all your help!
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I'm 100% for going the hypo route, but you really need a refractometer for it. From everything I've read, if it's anything more than 1.009 you're possibly doing it all for nothing. And you just can't get the consistency you need with a swing arm hydrometer. If it's a floating hydrometer, you might be OK.

If I was in your position, I'd get a refractometer on order from one of the online shops (drfostersmith, marinedepot, premiumaquatics... to name a few) and spring for 2-day shipping. It will take you a few days to get down to 1.009, so by the time you get close to 1.009 you'll have it. 4-6 weeks at that low of salinity without a refractometer might not be a good outcome.

Good luck, with whatever you do. You're probably right... you're stressing more than the fish - at least at this point. But untreated, ick will eventually win.
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Thanks kurt I guess I'll have to bite the bullit and buy one.
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I think Kurt hit it on the head. I agree with him.
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FWIW, in my short experience, I had absolutely zero luck with garlic or "NO ICH". When I tried copper, I killed the tangs (clowns and flame angel were unaffected). I'd place all my chips on hyposalinity.
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