I ask because...
I recently finished cycling my first SW
tank. I have a 60 gallon and used 60 lbs of live rock from liverocks.com to cycle.
After the cycle finished I added a clean up crew of 30 snails and 20 hermit crabs.
This past Sunday, I added my first 2 fish, a pair of O. clowns. They acclimated well and began eating that same day (no I did not quarantine them).
Everything was fine for two days, but on the night of the third day, I noticed a few small white spots on one of the clowns, and I thought he was behaving as if he was itching. He wasn't rubbing up against the rocks, but seemed to be hugging the glass and passing really close to the other clown. The next morning the spots were still there, but that afternoon they were completely gone. The spots were on the fish for less than 24 hours total. Since both fish are brand new to me, I am certain there were no spots before the third day, because I had been watching them closely. Now no matter how hard I look now (even though I am paranoid that I have a problem) I see no spots.
I did some reading and it all led
me to believe that if a fish had ich, that the spots were visible for a longer period of time, like 4-7 days, before they fell of to begin reproduction.
What do you all think?
I really trust the LFS
I bought them from. I know they run their tanks at a SG
of 1.017 and use copper to proactively treat all their fish, but I don't know for sure how long mine were under this treatment.
Can the visible stage of ich come and go this quickly?
Thanks in advance for your help.