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Old 05-26-2005, 05:21 PM   #1
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Blue tang with white spots

Im a newbie with a buncha questions. Do my tang have ich or parasites? I had it for about a two months now and she just barely started to get white dots all over, and she is brushing against the rocks and she is also going to my cleaner shrimp. I also have two clowns and they show no signs of ick or stress and theyre all eating great. Is there some kind of medication i should buy and put it in the tank. Or do i put the tang in a separate qt tank and put the medication in there. And for the Qt tank do i have to cycle all over again. what if i use the same water and same filter and maybe some sand or rock. Any help will be appreciated thanks.
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first you have to see from an angle if the spots look like small grains of salt or just white spots ont the fish. If its the small grains of salt then its probably ich
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:24 AM   #3
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It looks like little grain of salt she even got one on her eye
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are there alot of the little grains ???
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:44 AM   #5
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<<Quarantine>> all the fish and begin <<treatment>>.

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Theres about 8 spots. Will my ten gallon tank be big enough to Qt all 3 fish steve? And can i use the water and sand and filter from the main tank so i dont have to cycle all over. And what kind of treatment...should i buy one of those ick medicines or should i try hyposalinity? Thanks for the help guys.
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How big it the tang? The clowns would be OK in a 10, but with the tang you will need another tank, or a larger one for all 3.
Either cupramine or hypo work very well and are well tolerated by your fish.
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Before you start treatment of any kind you should give him a freshwater dip in Methylene Blue then put him in a QT and observe him for any more spots or flashing
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I've already started the treatment is it too late for the freshwater dip?
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Don't bother with dips, they do nothing to eliminate the parasite. It simpley dislodges a few trophonts large enough and vulnerable. The trophonts burrowed in the epithelium will be completely unaffected. You might get lucky but more often than not it's a useless step unless a heavily infested fish.

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