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Old 04-03-2007, 05:20 PM   #11
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Is it reasonable to try a hypo treatment with a swing arm hydrometer?
Not even close. It won't work.
I have been planning on getting a refractometer anyway, so now I am ordering one. Seeing as I won't have it for a couple of days (could not find one in town), would it be better to treat with copper, start lowering the salt level (just not as low as 1.009), or hold off until I have it?

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would it be better to treat with copper
I wouldn't panic yet.
Is he still eating?
How bad is the ich?
I would also get some Selcon , Zoe , Garlic Guard while you are at it.
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Still eating as normal (in fact, they were begging as I walked up to the tank just now to check on them). I often soak their food in vita-chem (is this equivalent to Zoe from another manufacturer?). I also rotate with Garlic Extreme and Selcon, so I am set there. Would one of those be preferable at this point, or should I continue rotating through them? One of the fish only had a few spots on it. The other had them scattered a bit more across his body. Today, they are looking better. The first has almost no sign of it right now. The second has several spots, but much better than yesterday.
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Just realize that the ich will fall off the fish making it seem like it is gone but will fall to bottom and over two hundred more called tomites will come back up to the fish and the cycle starts all over.
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Just realize that the ich will fall off the fish making it seem like it is gone but will fall to bottom and over two hundred more called tomites will come back up to the fish and the cycle starts all over.
Understood, but if I am interpreting roka64 correctly, it seems the best course of action is to hold off the couple of days until I am ready to start a hypo treatment?

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Yeah, if you can get that refracto pretty quick, I would hold off on the copper treatment. You could get them into a QT with a lower salinity, I would shoot for 1.020 (my hydrometer was about .005 off from my refractometer). Remember to acclimate them to the QT. At the lower salinity they should feel more at ease. I read an article that said the garlic helps their immune systems. I soak all my food in garlic, zoe and selcon.
I imagine the vita-chem is just as good as what I soak my food in.
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I dont see any info on your info site so what kind of inverts are in your tank? I`ve seen that hyposalinity is not too invert friendly. I know you have at least a leather coral.
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I will try and update that shortly. For the record, there are a couple of shrimp (cleaner and peppermint), various snails, blue-leg hermits, and some soft corals plus a candy cane coral. I realize that nothing else on that list would survive hypo. I was planning on doing it in QT for the 6+ weeks to let the ich die in the main.
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I realize that nothing else on that list would survive hypo. I was planning on doing it in QT for the 6+ weeks to let the ich die in the main.
That is very sound reasoning!
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