Over 6 weeks ago I received a hippo tang from an online retailer. Upon receipt of this tang it immediately developed ich, which I totally expected. I began hypo (which I've had incredible success with as noted in my prior posts); after 6 weeks of seeing no signs of infection I assumed the hippo was ready to be moved into the new main tank (ignore my sig, it's not updated). Upon placing the hippo tang into the main after two hours of acclimation I saw immediately it was reinfested with ich-literally the next day. I've never seen a fish develop it so quickly in my 10+ years in this hobby.
This has totally caught me off-guard. I had thought once this parasite was eradicated in quarantine there would be no chance of an outbreak. I followed the same exact procedures as before, using my refractometer to drop SG
to 1.09 for 6 weeks.
I therefore have to assume that some fish ALWAYS carry the parasite in a dormant state. I guess at this point I will need to move the fish back into a QT
and use copper, although I despise the use of harsh chemicals.
I'd appreciate any comments. TIA
- Jeff (now in a depressed state over this darn hippo tang)
additonal comments: when I received this tang it was horribly malnoursished and almost transparent it was so thin. Feeding a varied diet it has gotten quite plump, I use 'Garlic Guard' and 'Vita Chem' to enhance the foods I feed it. I'm at a loss here
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