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Old 07-29-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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Blue tang got ich, advice?

Have had my tank set up for a few months now. Just got a new fish, small blue tang I had seen at the lfs for about a month. Hes been with us for almost two weeks, eating very well (shrimp and green sea weed)

Just started showing ich. Scratching, and a few sand specks.

My question is, do I need to remove all the fish, or can I get away with just the one? The others are all very healthy,

I have coral and inverts, and didn't have a qt tell today.

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I guess I do... This sucks, should have known better
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:12 AM   #3
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You`ll need to move the fish to a QT and treat. Here is a few articles that will help you to understand the parasite and treatment options.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro
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It may very well be erisponsible, but I'm going to try the natural immune system, increase skimming, and see about borrowing a uv sterilizer for the next month or so. I also have slime cote product on hand.

I would have to empty my tank to get my wrasse out, and wouldnt be much easier for the others.

Thanks for the links, I read threw them all. Il monitor the fish closely, but removing fish is not an option at this time.
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It may very well be erisponsible, but I'm going to try the natural immune system, increase skimming, and see about borrowing a uv sterilizer for the next month or so. I also have slime cote product on hand.

I would have to empty my tank to get my wrasse out, and wouldnt be much easier for the others.

Thanks for the links, I read threw them all. Il monitor the fish closely, but removing fish is not an option at this time.
You need to treat the fish with either copper or hypo in a qt tank, those are the only proven methods for eradicating the parasite other wise I doubt the outcome will be favorable. Good luck
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You need to treat the fish with either copper or hypo in a qt tank, those are the only proven methods for eradicating the parasite other wise I doubt the outcome will be favorable. Good luck
I agree with this. If you dont treat soon your other fish will become infected. If you have ich it will not magically disappear. You will regret not quarantining. It might be a pain to catch them but it needs to be done. Trap the hard to get ones, they dont all have to come out the same day.
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If you feel no other option permits and only plan fish-only you can treat in-tank (copper can be diffucult to treat/rid as sandbeds and liverock "soak it in." Formalin is another route in QT.
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I'm not sure UV will help much. Ich will drop off the fish into sand. If it does not pass thru the UV system (which it will likely not) it will still be there.
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If its not an option, soak food in garlic and selcon and make sure params are good.
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If its not an option, soak food in garlic and selcon and make sure params are good.
Thanks, that's exactly what I'm trying. Everyone talks about paitience is key with marine aquariums. but I can't see breaking down everything in my tank, because one fish has 4 or five spots that might be ich practicing that well. They are all eating VERY well, and adapted comfortably in my tank.

I read that blue tangs have a high mortality rate when young, and don't eat well, more so when feeding sea weed. Although mine consumes generis portions of it, and is a very playful happy behaving fish.

I think I'm going to be paitient, and monitor things closely without jumping into something that will stress everyone (fish, myself, and girlfriend). If anything turns for the worse at any point in time, I can take action.

My tank is 75 gal, and someone is giving me a uv sterilizer tomorrow rated for 125gal, just have to get a bulb for it.
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