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Old 07-31-2005, 07:19 PM   #1
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Could this be ich?

My new Heni has been swimming strangely today. I noticed two white spots on one of his black bars. They aren't bright white, and they are not round so I'm not sure if this could be ich.

He's been eating fine he hasn't been scratching against rocks or sand. My other fish are yellow tang, 2 clowns, and a yellow watchman goby. They all seem fine right now. Exactly what would the white ich spots look like? Would they be bright white? Round or just look like dull blemishes? Also, if it turns out to be ich, do I need to QT ALL my fish even if he's the only one showing signs, or just the heni?

Here's a pic - not great, but he wouldn't hold still long enough for me to snap a good one off. The top blemish is much more noticable than in this picture. I think its being slightly covered by his fin.
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:16 AM   #2
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A little blurry, may be ich.. the scratching gives me the feeling it may be.. as long as it is eating that is a good thing.. when they stop eating u know they are in trouble..

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Also, if it turns out to be ich, do I need to QT ALL my fish even if he's the only one showing signs, or just the heni?
yes, although none are infected they have all been exposed to the parasite..
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So, do I just play it cool and hope for the best until more symptoms pop up or more white spots show themselves?
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i'd qt immediately..and monitor
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qt is the rule of the day
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:43 PM   #6
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i have a heni that i though had ich but really it was just the way the light was hitting off a few of his black scales i would watch him for a few days and your other fish and if anything else appears on him or on your other fish QT them.
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Well, he STILL hasn't been scratching. He goes after food like its his last meal and he's NOT breathing heavy, he's not behaving any differently - but still has some tiny white spots on him. So, I removed him and QT him. I've been floating two large sponge filters at the top of the tank for about 6 days and they are now in my 20 gallon QT tank in a hang on back filter along with a 5lb rock from my main tank. Hopefully that will be enough to handle his bioload. I'm not sure. I'll just have to watch the ammonia over the next couple days and stay on top of it.

Now, my other tankmates seem fine at the moment - yellow tang, 2 clowns, and a watchman goby. But, I'm assuming if it IS ich that they will all eventually get it and I should QT them as well? The watchman is gonna be a pain to catch with all my rock work and I'm afraid my little 20 gallon won't be able to handle the bioload. I guess I just do daily water changes?

Could this maybe NOT be ich and perhaps its something else? The only symptom he has are the spots.
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if it is ich you will need to QT all..

i'd just monitor your other fish for symptoms..

i had tomato clowns that i thought had ich..but it seemed to be little oxygen bubbles under their scales..
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So, its been over 2 weeks. My Heni definitely had ich. I did remove him and have been treating with hypo in my 20 gal QT, but it wasn't very successful. I don't expect him to get through the day, unfortunately.

Anyway, I didn't QT the rest of my fish - just kept an eye on them and haven't seen ANY signs of ich in my other fish. Should I still QT the rest of my fish and leave the main tank empty for a 6-8 weeks? If not, at what point if my remaining fish stay symptom free could I assume the ich is gone without removing them - or is the only cure to keep the tank fish free?

I'm grabbing Kick Ich today - I know people have had mixed results but its better than nothing.

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