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Old 09-09-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hospital Tank Help with ICH treatment

So I currently have 2 green Chromis, a striped damsel, a clown, a flame angel and a coral beauty. Well the coral beauty came down with ich and now the flame angel and the striped damsel are showing sings of ich on their fins. I know I should have quarentined but i didn't(will from now on thats for sure) so i got a 20 gallon tall hospital tank with a power head and foam filter. I also added a filter pad from my octo to add some bacteria and pvc fittings for shelter. I plan to treat with hypo salinity but my question is can i put all six fish in that 20 gallon tank???? is it doable with constant water changes? if so what percentage and how frequent. I plan to leave my DT fishless for 8 weeks so hypo treatment should run about 6 weeks...Just unsure if it is possible to house six fish in a 20 gallon. (mind you the chromis, damsel and clown are tiny about 1 - 1.5 inches the coral beauty and flame are about 2 inches). Your input and advice is highly appreciated.

ps: i have read all the links and online articles on marine ich but can seem to find anything conclusive on the amount of bioload recommended for a 20 gallon...that is why i am asking here.

Thanks in advance again.

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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I had 5 damsels in a 20G tall tank for 6 months or so. I have a picture of it:


This is a picture of when it first started, it's the only picture I have of the whole setup.

Granted, the two fish in front grew to almost double their size during the time they were in there, and things got a little crowded, but they all made it through. My advice is to try and have as many hiding places as possible.

As far as filtration goes, I put an AquaClear 30 on that tank and it seemed to be enough. I would be surprised if the same thing wasn't enough for you as well. If that's all you can do, it's certainly a lot better than letting them deal with the ich, that's for sure.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:14 PM   #3
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As long as you can keep up with the water changes, its doable. Key things to keep in check are amm/nitrite. As long as you can keep them at 0 through water changes until your bio filter stabilizes it can be done. If they were bigger fish, then I'd say no dice.
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