Wow, lots of ich threads going right now! Sorry to add yet another.
We did QT all our new fish, but maybe not long enough, or maybe some LFS
or web order water got in when adding frags, inverts, chaeto or ... who knows. We'll have to tighten our introduction protocols even more.
We've been watching our 3 fish in the DT closely for a week now. Used to be four, but as mentioned in another thread our RG showed a couple of spots last Sunday. Removed to hospital just in case, looking fine now. But our Green Clown Goby has 2-3 clear spots today so we're facing facts.
I hope we've done our research well enough. Some good reading linked by many others:
Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
and two more I really like:
Marine Ich - Myths and Facts
Curing Fish of Marine Ich
Our current stock:
Hospital Tank (15G):
Royal Gramma - No spots since 6 days ago, has been in HT 7 days with Coppersafe dosed. Never behaved sick, good appetite.
Just drained HT & refilled with hypo (1.010) instead of Cu. RG back in & sleeping now, just checked.
QT tank is currently suspect, but so far no spots on anyone.
Six Line Wrasse
Pair of True Percs
All in for 8-9 days now, but staying quite a bit longer!
Banggai Cardinal. Can't see any spots but how could you?
Green Clown Goby - healthy & active, but 2-3 spots on body/dorsal
High Fin Red Banded Goby - possible 1 spot on pectoral fin, healthy
- paired with a Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Pom Pom Crab
Mystery pistol shrimp - in a LR
hole, snaps once in a while but we never see it!
3 x Nassarius snails
Many Astraea coneheads
Many various hermits
2 Feather dusters
Frogspawn, Candy Cane, Zenia, Sun Coral, Toadstool, 2 medium plating monti, 1 tiny plating monti, Green Star Polyp, Cloves, Zoas, mushrooms, button polyps, plus a Blue Ridge on a large LR
About half & half LR
to new base rock from MarcoRocks, all nicely aquascaped.
Refugium: a little LR
, chaeto & some bugs.
So this is getting long but I think it's best to lay it out up front!
We've prepped temporary tubs for LR
, coral & non-fish critters and plan to do a full tear down tomorrow. Sounds dramatic but looking back at all the lessons we've learned since starting up this tank - I'd just like to start over. It's still early in the grand scheme of things.
3 fish from the DT go to the hypo salinity HT.
Once everything else but the sand is out of the DT, I'm going to stir up & thoroughly rinse the sand. Nothing to do with ich, but it's not even 2 months old & I didn't do that at start up so this is my chance. Rocks will all get a good swishing rinse in a bucket before going in their temporary tubs.
Refill DT with RO
. Let water clear & warm up (filter going). Redo aquascape. Return corals (getting a CoralRx dip first) & all non-fish critters. Enjoy a fishless reef for 8 weeks.
Sadly, this means returning the Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp to the DT withOUT his Hi Fin goby buddy. My wife is very worried about their separation. Is there any reason to fear they won't re-pair after 4 weeks?
This is going to be a huge effort & painfully long wait with 3 tanks running, but I'd rather hit it hard & get it sorted out right than fight it over & over again.
Shopping list tomorrow: extra heater, reef salt, 25G of RO
water from the Water Store ($1/5G). Yes, this is when having our own RO
unit would really pay off in convenience at least!
Wish us luck.