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Old 09-12-2004, 01:20 PM   #1
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HELP ME!!!

Ok I get a call this morning from my girl friend that her fish are doing terrible well i get over here and theres one dead clown and the other is as we speak being read his final rights. THe thing is the tnak has been up and running for about 3-5 months and not a problem...We added a peppermint shrimp about 4 days ago to help with aptasia and then all of a sudden things start to dissapear. We had a pink psuedochromis and he dissapeared 3 days ago and now there is a filmy white thing on all of the live rock. Any help is greatly appreatiated!! Prey for my last clown and 2 damsels
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we will need additional information about your setup.. tank size and equipment
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seacat is taking care of the tank at my house. I'm 5 hours away at college right not but from my converstaions with him and my sister here
is what i've taken from the whole thing.

What it sounds like to me is ick. We had two clown fish, both of which are dead now. From what my sister said, it sounds like they had white stuff all over them. There is still a damsel and chromis alive but one of them has white spots forming on it too. The Peppermint shrimp is fine, and the two snails we had have died.

If it is ick what should be done? Is copper ok to use with the peppermint shrimp in there, or is there a better medication?

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20 gal tank
3 Stage wet dry filter
20 lbs live rock
green chromis - living with spots
blue damsel - living
peppermint shrimp - living
2 clownfish - dead
1 pink pseudo - dead
2 snails - dead

As for water levels everything seems to be great. Nitrates are at about 10 ppm but everthing else is perfect. Water temp is at 76 C

Any help is appreciated
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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copper kills invertebrates, live rock, and almost everything else that isnt a fish.
also the ick may have come from the shrimp, even though they cant get ick their water can and so can they
and all this i said is only true if you have ick
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:54 PM   #6
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Could be ich or a velvet outbreak. As already said you cant treat the main tank anyway.. you would need to setup a hospital tank for the fish.
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Even if we did set up a hospital tank, doesn't the ich remain in the main tank? How do i get rid of that?
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It will die out on its own if there aren't any fish in the tank for 4-6 weeks.
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I just went to the store and bought some Wardleys ICK AWAY but on the bottle it says for "Tropical Aquariums"...does this mean i can use it in my tank...in the ingredients it says it contains malachite green. Can i use this in my regular tank or do i have to set up a hosipital tank? Thanks for the help!
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Malachite green is nasty stuff.. definitely set up a hospital tank.

Remember that you will still need to leave the main tank fallow for 4-6 weeks before you can return the fish to it. Otherwise they will just get infected again.
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