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Old 10-19-2008, 01:37 PM   #1
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How to start over have 3 month old tamk and loosing fish

I am new to AA and am excited for oppinions. I have a 55 gal w/ fish crabs and some live rock.

My son got me 2 clown fish for my birthday and didnt quarantine, after 3 weeks showed signes of ich or velvet. I treated with kick ich and Rally for the last week. One of the clowns died today and the other has a dark mark starting on one of the white spots.
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The tank is 3 months old. Should I start over? When can I add new fish?

Thank you in advance for your advice.
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is this a fowlr or a reef? also i would have taken them both out and put them in a qt tank and treated them in there instead of your main tank. this is what i did

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Old 10-19-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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Thank you, I regret my poor decisions.
Tank is currently set up as FOWLR.
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If it was ich that killed your clown then you should leave the tank fishless for 6-8 weeks. This will break the life cycle of the ich and ensure that its gone before you add any new fish. A little 10 gal tank is cheap for a QT and will save you a ton of head ache in the future. I did the same thing when i started. Also keep in mind that if the ich medication you used was copper based you cannot add corals to your main tank any more. The copper will get into the LR and substrate and then leech out over time which would kill any coral. Hope your clown pulls through
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Ruby Reef?

I used Ruby reef kick-Ich. They said it was safe for corals and invertebrates.

Do I need to remove scarlet crabs also.
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The inverts will be fine. It is always best to remove the fish from your main display and treat them in their own tank.
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For future info, here are two great articles...

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

... and an article on hyposalinity treatment...

ATJ's Marine Aquarium Site - Reference - Hyposalinity Treatment
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