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Old 02-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #21
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Le the tank cycle from the LR you have. You can add a pinch of flake food just to keep a source of ammonia. Leave the DT without any fish for EIGHT (8) WEEKS. Add a pinch of food every week to keep the bacteria going. Ich cannot live without a host fish. The life cycle is ~30 days but could be longer. Letting the tank cycle for 6-8 weeks with no fish will result in an Ich free DT.

Be sure to QT all new livestock for 30 days to be sure they don't bring Ich into the QT tank. At the first sign, start treating with Hyposalinity
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Thanks a lot guys really appreciate the help. Ive been adding a little bit of brine shrimp to the tank for ammonia plus I'm sure I have a good amount of die off from the rock since there is ammonia in the tank . I am also going to look into getting a quarantine tank ASAP lol.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:54 PM   #23
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Thanks a lot guys really appreciate the help. Ive been adding a little bit of brine shrimp to the tank for ammonia plus I'm sure I have a good amount of die off from the rock since there is ammonia in the tank . I am also going to look into getting a quarantine tank ASAP lol.
What makes the rock "live" is the bacteria on it. It eats ammonia. If the rock is out side of water for too long you will have die off. As long as it has ammonia to eat.. It should not die.
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I was referring to the coralline algae on the rock dying off. But from what I am told if it dies off during the cycle it would grow back once the parameters reach good levels.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:47 PM   #25
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The nitrite levels in my tank are increasing and were increasing when my damsel staring gasping for air and breathing rapidly. He also did have about 3-4 white spots on a gill and his body. So is it possible that he may have not had ick in the first place and his rapid breathing could have just been a effect of the nitrites?
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:24 PM   #26
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If it looked like rice spots then it was most likely Ich. Don't take any chances and leave the tank fallow of fish for the next 6-8 weeks.
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Am I supposed to lower the salinity during the 6-8 week period? Or just leave it be
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #28
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leave it be, it'll die off on its own with no host
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DO NOT lower the SG in the display tank while there are no fish in there. There may be inverts that cannot survive is low salinity.
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I have nothing in the tank. For some odd reason I same a brine shrimp swimming in the tank a few days ago I'm assuming is came on the live rock. For future reference, can inverts be affected by ick?
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