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Old 11-14-2003, 11:03 PM   #1
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Got a hard one for you reef geek: :lol:

I had a customer that told me that there were a bunch of little things swimming in his tank after he bought some live rocks from me. So I'm thinking some eggs were hatching from an invert or something. He said that they were swimming against the current. Any ways, then he said that he had ICH the next day, so I told him that he should move is inverts to a QT tank and run hyposalinity on his main thank. All the other stores told him to use Ridick. (I only recommend using medication as a last resort.)

The weird thing is that he said when there are less of these swimming things in the water the fishes are covered with ICK but them later in the day he noticed that the ick looked better but had a lot more of the swimming larva. Have any of you heard of this. It can't be mysis shrimp or coepods.
I am totally stumped. I might just be a coincidence.

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Old 11-14-2003, 11:32 PM   #2
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It can't be mysis shrimp or coepods.
Why? Unless you have seen them yourself and know them not to be mysis or copepods...Ick on fish can be difficult to see, I have never been able to see it in the water column of tanks that had fish ate up with ick.
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i would agree you would only see free swimming ich through a microscope as they are to small for the naked eye
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Old 11-15-2003, 02:23 PM   #4
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Re: Got a hard one for you reef geek: :lol:

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so I told him that he should move is inverts to a QT tank and run hyposalinity on his main thank. All the other stores told him to use Ridick. (I only recommend using medication as a last resort.)
Glad to hear about the not using meds unneccessarily but you should only advise someone to use hyposalinity on an FO tank and even that is not the best idea. Hyposalinty will kill just about everything in a tank except bacteria and boney fish. Coralline on the rock and the fauna/fluora that live in and on them would also perish.

A better practice would be to quarantine all the fish and leave the display tank fallow for 4-6 weeks and allow the parasite to die naturally without a fish host to feed it.

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Well, since he had over 6 fish in that tank and the only QT tank was a 10 gallon. I told him to move any inverts and rock that had life on it in the QT tank with some substrate and a filter. The inverts won't put much of a load in the small QT tank. He would not be able to put all the fish in a small 10.
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It was more practical to put the inverts and some rock in the QT tank and save as much of the micro fauna as possible.
better than what the other store suggested. I didn't try to sell him anything.
just trying to give the best advice I knew. and also getting your opinion, just in case I was wrong. Thanx for the quick response.
I am actually going to his house tomorrow to see whats going on. Since he buys most of his stuff from me. I want to make sure I do him right by him.
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