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Old 10-06-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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How long does it take for a fish to die of ich

Yesterday I brought home a coral beauty (Fiji) from my lfs and when I woke up today he had ick same with my sailfin tang. My angel spends his time at the corner of the 75 with picking at algae and sometimes moves around the tank as with the sailfin he spend most of his time hiding. My lfs recommends Probiotics Marine Formula not any of that copper crap. I can't go out to my lfs to Tuesday so will my fish be okay or will it be to late?
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That "copper crap" or Hyposalinity are the only two things that work to get rid of Ich and fish should be treated in QT while the DT is left fallow for 6-8 weeks. I would question any LFS that is not aware of that.

How long a fish can last depends on how bad it is, initial health when it got it, water parameters, etched. They can usually go days though.
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Todd giving you the true stuff hypo or copper thats it tank fallow 6 to 8 wks. that stuff their trying to sell you won't work. Treat them right away or their not going to make it and once they die you'll still have to leave the tank without fish anyway or the new fish will catch it and you'll be back to square one.Do not treat in display.
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That "copper crap" or Hyposalinity are the only two things that work to get rid of Ich and fish should be treated in QT while the DT is left fallow for 6-8 weeks. I would question any LFS that is not aware of that.

How long a fish can last depends on how bad it is, initial health when it got it, water parameters, etched. They can usually go days though.
Oh I thought it never worked that's what my lfs said so I followed them
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If they actually told you that I would'nt go back there again
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Your tank is a FOWLR right? If you want to just treat the fish in there if you dont care about killing the live rock.
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absolutely not do not treat your main tank.
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Your tank is a FOWLR right? If you want to just treat the fish in there if you dont care about killing the live rock.
Absolutely, without any extra thought, do NOT do this. Killing your live rock is possibly the worse thing that you want to do at this point. Stick with what Todd has advised. Try to get your fish into a quarantine tank, treat with copper or hypo, then let the main tank sit empty for 6-8 weeks.
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Don't kill the rock. Fish mostly die of ICH from their gills getting covered and suffocation. If the fish isn't breathing hard, it may be okay. QT the fish for about 8 weeks with copper and the ICH should die out in the DT without chemicals. Look into your livestock selection as ICH can also be set off by stress.
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