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Old 03-06-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ich and my Copperband Butterfly

Just bought a CBB yesterday and put him in the QT. He's been eating mysis really well, so that's good. I add garlic guard to eat feeding.

This morning I noticed white spots on the side, tail fins and the long one on the back.

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PH 8.2
Amm .25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate no test
SG 1.016
Temp 80 and raising to 86

So far I've started raising temp slowly. I added him to a SG if 1.016 yesterday to shock any parasites. The ammonia was .5 this morning despite my seeding the sponge filter for about 5 days. A 50% PWC knocked down the ammonia and I initially added a dose of Prime to counteract the ammonia.

He's doing well, still eating and swimming normally.

I was considering doing another 50% PWC again tonight and dipping him in Fresh RO water to kill the parasites.

I really want to avoid using Cupramine.

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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Hyposalinity is i do believe the only way to kill off ich when you don't want to use chemicals! Here is a link
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That's what I determined. Working on lowering with the water changes to get it to 1.010
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Raising the temps in SW does absolutely nothing. Find a good stable temp and leave it there. The salinity needs to get to 1.009 to be effective IME. Drop it down very slowly but keep that temp around 78-80 and stable.

Also are you using a refractometer to measure?
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How often can I do water changes in a day? How slowly do I need to drop salinity?

My refractometer is in the mail. I'm using. Swing arm for now and trying to find a glass one.
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Don't Rush the drop in salinity until you have that refractometer because a small swing can kill your fish! The swing arms are ok for the tank but when your doing hypo you need a very precise measurement and I wouldn't trust the swing arm.
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Hydrometer will not work for dropping salinity. Wait for your refractometer so you know you`ll be precise. Hydrometer can be .005 off in most cases.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:12 PM   #8
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I still need to do pwc for the ammonia. Is two changes in one day too much? First 50% then 25%?
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Got my refractometer. The tank is at 1.011 and I'm slowly going to finish the drop to 1.009 today.

The Ich is still on the CBB so I should be ok with timing. I figure once they drop off, i'll wait 5-6 weeks for them to die off and then It will be safe to increase salinity and then add the CBB to the DT.
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For anyone who's done hyposalinity, how long did it take to see the Ich drop off?
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