I have a friend that had a major bout with ICH. I wanted to do a little write up on what he decided to do! Since there is so much controversy on this I will add ... what works for some may not work for others!
Tank Background ... 125g Reef tank, 3 years old. Water parameters are quality. Tank was booming with life, all sorts of corals, inverts, fish and whatnot! Some of the stuff I couldn't even name!
He got a round of Ich and since it was almost impossible to catch all of his fish and QT
them, he decided to go for one of the "Reef Safe" products! He chose Chem-Marine Stop Parasite.
He followed directions to a "T" and here is what happened ...
Day 1 - Fish looked horrible ... white sploches all over, constantly scratching, darting around! He added the suggested 1 TSPN per 10gal and tested his PH
was 8.2ish ALK
was normal! After 5 or so minutes he tested again, NOTHING, no change what so ever! again that night he added another TSPN per 10 gal
. twice daily as instructed!
Day 2 - Fish looked a little better ... some spots had dropped some were still covered, at this point we were also looking at corals and inverts for distress. added TSPN per 10gal checked PH
Day 3- Fish are visibly getting healthier and eating better ... Corals and Inverts still thriving! dosed the medicine again noticed a slight drop in the PH
and added a buffer. The buffer took care of that and PH
was right back on track.
Day 4- Continued ....
Day 5 - Continued ....
This continued for the 5 days as scheduled. The fish looked amazing, no spots, healthy, eating and swimming around! He called Chem-Marine to praise them for finally making a product that was indeed "Reef Safe". They then informed him that this Stop Parasite was in fact tried and true to getting rid of the ICH ... Of course their going to say that right ... I mean it's their product!!!!! They then informed him that if by chance in the next 6 months he had another battle of ICH to call them and send the original receipt and UPC from the bottle he purchased and they would refund any money he spent as well as any fish he may loose!!!! WHAT??? Really!!!!
Well .... 6 months have passed and I can honestly say that he has had no problems with ICH or any other parasite for that matter nor has he lost any fish, corals or inverts as a result of using this product!
Awesome stuff indeed ... again some of you may say that the only way is to QT
and do hypo or copper treatments. Unfortunately many of us do not have the means of setting up and maintaining a QT
tank as well as a main display ... this seems like the best solution!
I'm not trying to sell anyone on using this approach, just adding my 2 pennies to what seems to be an ongoing debate!