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Old 11-29-2013, 02:18 AM   #11
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Read this. Completely explains ich.

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
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Ok another question...so my hydrometer isn't accurate enough to do hypo ...where is the best place to pick up a refractometer and what will it cost me? I didn't put that into my budget so is it expensive?
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When I put a new fish in my tank a lot of times the next day or the next few days the fish will get ich, i was told its because of stress in a new environment so they're more susceptible. the treatment for this that my local fish store told me was to fresh water dip the fish. I make the water the same temp as the tank, I add buffer and prime to the water and put whatever affected fish in the bucket for at least 15 minutes. This will kill most of the ick on the fish. If the fish seems fine after 15 minutes and the ick is really bad I normally leave the fish in for even 20 minutes. Repeat this daily if the ick is still bad. Also lower salinity in that tank. I also use what's called kick ick, it works very well it's a bit pricey but I think worth it and its okay with corals and inverts. I also have a uv sterilizer which helps with parasites too. Good luck
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When I put a new fish in my tank a lot of times the next day or the next few days the fish will get ich, i was told its because of stress in a new environment so they're more susceptible. the treatment for this that my local fish store told me was to fresh water dip the fish. I make the water the same temp as the tank, I add buffer and prime to the water and put whatever affected fish in the bucket for at least 15 minutes. This will kill most of the ick on the fish. If the fish seems fine after 15 minutes and the ick is really bad I normally leave the fish in for even 20 minutes. Repeat this daily if the ick is still bad. Also lower salinity in that tank. I also use what's called kick ick, it works very well it's a bit pricey but I think worth it and its okay with corals and inverts. I also have a uv sterilizer which helps with parasites too. Good luck
DO NOT DO THIS. A freshwater dip will not cure ich, it will just stress the fish out much more. Prime does not take heavy metals out of the water and other chemicals. This is why you must use pure RODI water with 0 TDS. Doing hypo in the display will kill your BB that is why you do it in a QT. Setup a QT fit for the sizes need by your fish and treat with copper and feed nutritous foods. I reccomend coper-cure, you can get it at petco.

Basiclly all "invert safe" are phoney crap. If they worked than no one would buy a QT and have to treat in there. UV sterilizer just kills the free swimming form but not the cysts.

Go out and get a cheap top fin heater from petsmart (like 20$) and then get a 20g. Aqueon quiet flows are good for filtration and cheap also (20$) there youve got your QT, drain water from the DT and add filter media from the DT aswell, treat the fish until they are healthy again and leave the tank for 6-8 weeks.
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DO NOT DO THIS. A freshwater dip will not cure ich, it will just stress the fish out much more. Prime does not take heavy metals out of the water and other chemicals. This is why you must use pure RODI water with 0 TDS. Doing hypo in the display will kill your BB that is why you do it in a QT. Setup a QT fit for the sizes need by your fish and treat with copper and feed nutritous foods. I reccomend coper-cure, you can get it at petco.

Basiclly all "invert safe" are phoney crap. If they worked than no one would buy a QT and have to treat in there. UV sterilizer just kills the free swimming form but not the cysts.

Go out and get a cheap top fin heater from petsmart (like 20$) and then get a 20g. Aqueon quiet flows are good for filtration and cheap also (20$) there youve got your QT, drain water from the DT and add filter media from the DT aswell, treat the fish until they are healthy again and leave the tank for 6-8 weeks.
Fresh water dips won't cure ich but it WILL remove a fair number of the parasites from the fish. As I stated previously it is very stressful for the fish but a lot less stressful than dying.

I do agree with the rest though.
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All I'm saying is, if the ich is very bad on a particular fish, fresh water dip is your best bet to save him from Dying, once you get most of the ich off I'd say put him in a qt tank and fallow the rest but I alway have good luck with fresh water dips and I always put the fish right back in its tank after and it ends up being fine once it gets used to the tank.
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Fresh water dips won't cure ich but it WILL remove a fair number of the parasites from the fish. As I stated previously it is very stressful for the fish but a lot less stressful than dying.

I do agree with the rest though.
If improperly done (it should only be done for at most 10 minutes) it usually kills the fish. Yes it can be effective against fluke, worms, and other parasites it is not that effective against ich as it forms that protective cyst (white spot) but FW dip only kills the ich that is free swimming inside the fish. If a fish is in horrible shape than go for it but that butterfly still has a chance.
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All I'm saying is, if the ich is very bad on a particular fish, fresh water dip is your best bet to save him from Dying, once you get most of the ich off I'd say put him in a qt tank and fallow the rest but I alway have good luck with fresh water dips and I always put the fish right back in its tank after and it ends up being fine once it gets used to the tank.
If you already have a QT tank than why not QT all new arrivals? Before you infest your tank with ich? Ich is not a major parasite as it is the most common disease in aquaria, Which means there are alot of medications. And with all these meds you can easily treat your fish without threatening their lifes with a FW dip.
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Read these. They will answer your questions and provide you with some treatment options.

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So I picked up some copper treatment for the hospital tank and copper test kits all I need now is some PVC piping to throw in it and project ich destruction is on! Is it ok to do copper and hypo or only do one or the other?
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