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Old 02-27-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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You CANNOT use Copper in the DT if you have inverts!
Hyposalinity is meant for a QT tank, not the display tank. Inverts remain in the DT while the fish are treated in the QT.
Keeping the SG at 1.009 or lower is not all that hard, certainly no harder than maintaining a therapeutic level of copper. I found it easier.

Aged tank water is just that, AGED (and depleted) tank water. Using a fresh mix at the same SG and temp as the DT is the preferred method.

UV can only affect the parasite during short (~48hour) period and then only if they pass through the UV device. At that stage the parsite goes to ground looking to attach to the substrate where they will encyst and grow.

Mike linked the articles on the life cycle; here's the article on Hyposalinity
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I've never used it I would stick with the seachem copper is like chemo to humans it can be just as hurtful as helpful curapmine is prolly the safest copper and I dose it to 0.5 it calls for 0.6 but I like to keep it a little light
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...copper is like chemo to humans it can be just as hurtful as helpful
Exactly why I prefer the kinder, gentler Hyposalinity treatment. Much easier on the fish and I don't need to worry about contaminating my DT with anything that was in the copper treated tank.

I keep a biowheel in my sump so I can jump start my QT when I need it. If I used copper based medication I would have needed to get a new one.

I have not had an Ich outbreak since that one and only one incident. I now QT all fish and take precautions with all corals and inverts.
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