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Old 01-17-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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how common is ick in SW

just what the title says. how common is ick in saltwater. i recently picked up a royal gramma and he is showing signs of ick. appears to have some small white spots starting near his head. is brushing up againts items in the tank. still seem to be eating fine and exhibiting normal behaviour.

what are the treatments for saltwater. i have only ever had the issue with freshwater and just bought the standard ick medicine. suggestions are welcome.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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There are several threads on here about treating Ich. Use Search and read up to get a good understanding of what you are up against. You basically have two options....hyposallinity or copper treatment. Done right you want to treat in a QT tank. Do not follow freshwater rules, as they are different and do not work.

As for how common it is...I'd say fairly common. It's best to put new fish in QT for a few weeks, make sure they are clear of anything and then put them in your DT. Do that starting with fish #1 and your DT should never get Ich.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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If you are keeping invertebrates or corals in your tank don't use any copper based treatments. Not only will it kill them you won't be able to keep any more of them in that setup. They are intolerant of copper. Best bet is to make sure he's feeding properly and regularly and keep your hands out of the tank as much as possible to reduce stress on the fish.
The other alternative is to treat all fish in another tank without corals or inverts with a copper based treatment making sure that no fish are placed in the main tank for at least 6 weeks. The life cycle of the ICH parasite is 5 to 6 weeks and with no fish to host it will die out .
Hope this helps.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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well i would like some opinions. i am about 90% sure it is ick. here are some pics. looking for some opinions







my clown does not seem to be affected at all by it. the royal gramma has been in the tank about a week.




these were some quick shots. im sorry the glass is dirty. there are also tiny bubbles in the water.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Looks like it to me on the Gramma. Remove all fish to QT tank and treat. Leave display fallow for 2 months so ich can die off that fell into sandbed/rocks after hatching.
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I've had good luck feeding and treating the system with Garlic Extreme by Kent. But I caught it early when the fish first started flashing.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:11 PM   #7
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2 months? that seems like a long *** time. i have read about the hyposalinity method of killing the ick in a QT tank. then there are products like ich-x and stuff that claim to be reef safe. but i just dont trust. i have a 15 gal tank i can put the 2 fish in for now. from what i have read the snails/crabs/shrimp will not be affected by the ich. and raising the temp a bit will speed up the life cycle of the ich. but i dont want to leave the fish in a empty quarantine tank for 2 month unless i really really have too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #8
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and to ezy33 the gramma just started flashing (i assume u mean when the quickly brush up against something) yesterday.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #9
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i dont get it. this is today. same fish. normal behavior. no signs of ich. nemo is still fine. i am confused.....








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You only see ich during one of its phases of life, as it is reproducing and about to spore. That's what you noticed. Now they spores and are now in your sandbed waiting to do it again. Ich is still in your tank. You will need to go fallow for 2 months to get rid of it. Put your fish into a qt tank and treat them.

It should be also asked what is stressing out your fish hat it got ich to begin with. Is the gramma being bullied? Maybe parameter issues?
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