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Old 04-13-2004, 04:03 PM   #11
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My wife and I just went through a pretty bad bout with ick. Even with the research I had done on it in the past and how to treat it, we still lost over 120.00 worth of fish.

The bottom line is that nothing CAUSES ick...it is either in the tank or it isnt. Stress will not give a fish ick. Temperature will not give a fish ick. Shock will not give a fish ick. These may lower its immunity and give the parasite the oportunity to attatch to the host, but a fish cannot contract a disease or parasite that is not already present in the water. You would not tell your doctor "the temperature in the house dropped to 50 last night and I caught malaria." Why...Because we know temperature does not cause the disease and we know that it must be present in some form for it to be contrated in the first place. Same with fish.......

There is an old myth that ick is always present in the tank. This CAN be true..but isnt always. If the first fish you bring into the tank has ick, and you never fallow the tank, then yes....ick will always be present. But, if you take steps to ensure that ick never makes it into the tank OR wipe it out if ick is found to be present...then the myth is false. The life cycle from cyst to visible parasite reproduction is about 4 weeks. It must have a host to survive. Fallow the tank (meaning fishless) and QT any and ALL current and future fish for 5-6weeks and you can be sure that the parasite is no longer present in the tank.

As always...I have an article on the subject if anyone would like to read it.

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Old 04-13-2004, 10:53 PM   #12
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well the spots came and left in one day so i'm not quite sure what's up. what snowdude said is interesting because i just got a heater and brought my temp up to 81. i guess i'll just keep an eye on everything. he's acting fine though no darting or scratching.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:58 PM   #13
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i forgot to mention that i went through an ich outbreak about 4 months ago when i didn't qt the tang long enough before introducing him into the main tank. i removed everyone for 6 weeks and treated them with copper in qt tank. main tank sat fallow.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:10 AM   #14
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used "kick ich."... after the second day the spots faded significantly. It says to tread everyother day for 14 days.. so i still have a ways to go.. wish me luck. Also added some water conditioner for the fish to produce a better slime coat.
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Old 04-15-2004, 04:43 PM   #15
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just got some "kick ich" hope it works
I hope it works for you... it certainly didn't for me.
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Old 04-16-2004, 08:38 AM   #16
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seems good so far .. "kick ich" The spots are fadding.
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Old 04-16-2004, 12:11 PM   #17
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As several have noted, the fallow period is the key. I went 8 weeks fallow after a bout with velvet(also a parasite). We are fine now.
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excuse my ignorance.. but what do you mean by FALLOW??
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it means to run the tank without fish.
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Old 04-16-2004, 12:31 PM   #20
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Should also be noted, inverts are not hosts to parasitic diseases. The can and should be left in the main tank during the fallow period.
Also raising the temp to the low to mid 80s during the fallow period will speed up the life cycle of the parasites. This helps to make the fallow period more effective.
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