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Old 03-18-2014, 07:02 PM   #1
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Does my fish have Ick?

I have two clowns and an anemone in the tank, when I got the first clown it ate everything and went after food(next to anemone). The 2nd clown I got at a later date seemed ok when I first got it but it never ate anything I gave it(next to spongebob). The 2nd clown I have now looks like it has Ick or is sick in some way. But now the 1st clown I have that used to eat a lot, now has stopped eating at all..he'll let food float right past him. I will say the petco I got the 2nd clown from looks like they have some fish in isolation a week or so after I got my clown. I asked them about it and they said those where fish that had just come in, but they had them on the same tank I got my 2nd clown from. I took my water in and had it tested they said it all looks good except for phosphate that is at 0.25.

When I tested my water a couple days ago it was at

Salinity------1.024
Alkalinity----196.9ppm Kh
Nitrate------0ppm
Phosphate--1.0ppm
Calcium-----
Ammonia----0ppm
Nitrite-------0ppm


I just saw one of the clownfish scratch themselves against some sand and the 2nd clownfish looks like he's struggling to swim a little
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:46 AM   #2
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It looks like ich, I've had luck with the ruby reef kick ich treatment. Isolation with copper treatment works good. But if you feel like its down to "do or die" I would think about a freshwater dip. I had a couple clowns in the past that had ich bad and copper wasn't working, so when they were on their deathbed I figure a freshwater dip would end their misery by killing them or saving them. I dropped them in a bowl of distilled water and literally watched the ich fall off of them. They laid on the sand bed for a day and then proceeded to make a full recovery.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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Does garlic work too? I had happened to order kent marine garlic extreme because they weren't eating it should arrive tomorrow. The 2nd clownfish I have now has turned a little whiter so I think it's def ick.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info, i have my two clowns in the qt tank now. One may not make it the other seems good though. I was wondering though can I keep the anemone in my main tank while I let the tank fallow for 2 months?
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The anemone should be fine as long as it has the proper light and flow.
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If the one fish is about to die, I would try the freshwater dip as a last ditch effort.
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Thanks for the advice, unfortunately he didn't make it. Still have the one strong clown though. I almost forgot I have a small crab that always hides in the rock. It would be ok to leave him too right? Just wanted to make sure.
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Sorry about your clown. That crab will be fine in there.

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