Originally Posted by coralbandit
Well I hope you are correct.
It has not been 4 days since you aquaired tang?
The cleaner shrimp can't cure ich ,not my opinion,but documented many places.
I will provide links if you like.
I had an emperor angel,powder blue tang and fox face when I added my chevron and it all blew up!
There are only three ways to kill ich.
All the fish I mentioned were lost over a period of a month.
Watch your tang closely.
And of course good luck.
I know, that's why I said I can't say for sure for a few weeks, but so far all signs indicate it will go well.
Cleaners can't "cure" ich or any parasitic infestation, BUT what they do accomplish, especially with ich, is getting the cysts before they detach from the fish and fall into the substrate where they incubate and then release hundreds more larvae.
So the more cysts the shrimp eat, the lower the population will be at the next cycle.
So that coupled with more water changes vacuuming the substrate, good diet, UV
sterilizer and low stress environment, ich usually can be managed no problem.
No one of those elements in itself will "cure" ich, but when combined the chances of it getting a stronghold in the system are very slim.
I'm sure adding the chiller to the system has also helped. no more 10 degree swings over the course of 24 hours, now at most it fluctuates 1.5 degrees.
Sad to say that in most situations where ich takes out numerous fish in a system, chances are very high that there were already underlying issues that compromised the fish's immune system.
That really only applies to ich though, oodinium, brookynella, flukes, etc. are another story altogether and completely healthy fish can succumb to those parasites much more readily and quickly and often by the time symptoms are obvious, it's too late, as Mr. X's recent tragedy demonstrated.
so I guess we can at least be thankful that ich is relatively slow by comparison.