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Old 02-18-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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ich help!!!!

So I am in the process of cycling my new 55g tank. I have 50lbs of base rock with a few pounds of live rock. I have a Domino Damsel in my tank and I started to notice a white spot on his fin and not I noticed a few smaller spots on his other side. I am terrified that he has the ick and I have no idea what I should do and where it even stemmed from.

Anyone PLEASE help!!!! =[

Ill post a picture of his fin.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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His fin has a white spot not a great pic but the best I could do.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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So far I put him in another than to get him out of my display tank but not sure the best course of action with my display tank.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:02 AM   #4
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Follow directions on how to treat ick. If he truly has ick, raise water temperature, add salt, ect. Google "How to Treat Ich/Ick" You will find plenty of information.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #5
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I see a lot of articles of how to treat the ick on the infected fish. However, I am just not sure what to do with my display tank ( I am cycling the tank).
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If you do not have any inverts Coppersafe will work wonders
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Don't raise the water temperature. You can't raise it enough to matter and not kill your livestock. Don't add salt either for the same reason. Remove the damsel and treat it with hypo (if you intend to keep it) in a separate tank. keep cycling the tank and don't put any livestock in it until it's done cycling.
do not add any copper based meds to the display. it will wonderfully ruin your tank for any inverts-ever. that means copepods, amphipods, iospods, anemones....
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Yea I definitely wanted to avoid any copper based meds. At this point since I won't have any livestock in the tank should I start to just add pure ammonia (assuming I find some) as the ammonia source to further the tank in cycling? Or Shrimp? So it is possible for the parasites to die off and in a sense continue on as this never happened? Lol

I am assuming the damsel has ick. He only have one spot on his left and two or three on his other side, but he seems to be acting weird, and so breathing heavily so I'm sure he for sure has the ick.
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He's probably suffering from the ammonia spike a new tank brings. I would remove him and check ammonia levels. make sure their is a reasonable amount of ammonia available and wait.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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The ammonia level was about .25-.50 the nitrites actually showed up for the first time at about .25 (purple) and nitrates about 30, so I'm assuming my cycle is well on its way.

As for Oreo..... RIP =.[
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