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Old 01-10-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Hippo Tang I believe has come down with Ich

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I just started to notice a few white spots on the fish, I have him in a 125 gallon, 0 nitrite, ph 8.2, salinity 1.025, small trace of ammonia, I run a UV Sterlizer, sump system, how do I treat him? He looks healthy, eating fine, active. I have corals in the tank as well
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #2
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Doesn't look like he has anything wrong but its kind of a blurry photo. If he does have ich, raise temperature of tank to 86° moving 1° per hour. Then add some salt in your tank. If you are at 1.025 salinity, bring it up to 1.028 or so. Make sure your other fish aren't stressing. Leave it this way for 10 days. Do a 25% water change every day for the 10 days and make sure to clean your substrate. Ich eggs live in your sand bed. Also wouldn't hurt to get some ich medicine from your LFS. Add to tank every day until 6 days after the spots disappear.

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Old 01-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #3
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None of those above options work for saltwater fish, only freshwater.
There are only two ways, and two ways only to get rid of ich:
Hyposlainity and copper.
Thats it. Anything else is just asking for trouble,.
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You also need a hospital tank. I'm fighting ich right now, and I was pretty upset to learn how different freshwater and marine ich are.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:28 PM   #5
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I used my suggestion in my display tank and did just fine. So i'd say it works.

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Old 01-11-2014, 06:50 PM   #6
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Purple, your fish may have been strong enough to have rid themselves of it, but again, that's a treatment for freshwater ich. Look up marine ich online.
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Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

Raising temp does help. Read this
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:20 PM   #8
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Right, but that alone or with hypersalinity isn't enough. Also, I'm fairly certain no matter what's done, a QT/Hospital tank is needed.
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Keep him fed and he can beat it make sure he is eating
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:25 PM   #10
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Thank you all, he is looking much better today
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