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Old 07-30-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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ich on my tang and in my tank

I recently bought a kole tang, I know I should have quarantine him but I didnt. Now I have brought ich into my tank. None of my other fish seem to have it as far as I can see. Right now im using kick ich, I know that it has a chance to work amd then again it dont. I figured I would give it a try, but I want a back up plan incase it doesnt. I now will make sure every fish will be quarantined before going into my display I wont be making this mistake again. I only have a 40b tank that I can use for a quarantine tank. If kick ich doesnt work, I want to use the 40b as a hosiptal tank and let my display run for a month or two to let the ich life cycle run and die without any host for it to attach to. My question is can I put all my fish in the hospital tank, use egg crate or light diffuser to mak compartments for each fish so they wont fight due to them downsizing in tank volume. Also, is it possible to treat all fish at once? Because I dont know any other way because I only have one tank. If so, how should I treat them so that they are free from ich? I heard hyposalainty works well, will that be my best option? Maybe turning the lights off and warming or cooling the water? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:26 AM   #2
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I learned the hard way as well about quarantining fish By the time I was done with leaving my DT fallow it had been fishless longer than it had fish in it.

By far the best treatment for ich is hyposalinity and sadly, you don't have much of a choice but to QT them all at the same time to do the treatment. You might look at craigs list to pick up a cheap used tank but that's about it. As for the compartments, I would advise against it. Tight spaces can be stressful for fish, especially tangs; and that is the last thing that you want.

Turning the lights off and warming the water doesn't help against ich in salt water the same way it does in fresh.

However, if this isn't a reef tank and you have 0 inverts then it's possible to do the hyposalinity in the DT and just get it over and done with. Another possibility is to remove all the coral and inverts to the 40 so you can do the hyposalinity in the DT. There will be people that will argue with me about this but a change in salinity isn't dangerous to bacteria so it shouldn't hurt your bio filter although it might kill any hitch hikers on your live rock causing a potential ammonia spike.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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I'm going through exactly this and luckily its almost over. I have. 200 litre aquarium set up in my garage next to the saltwater mixing station so daily water changes are a doodle. Although still annoying.

I have coral and anemones in my tank and I was/ and still tempted to remove them and put them into another tank and hypo the display to kill off the ich in the display tank.

The most difficult part of it is being patient!
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What about the craps and rock? Will it have negative effects on them with hypo?
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Any and all inverts will have to be removed if you are doing hypo in the tank., It will also probably kill most of the hitch hikers on the live rock.

That's the exact reason I didn't do hyposalinity on my DT
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That's why I haven't done it. Don't really want a huge ammonia spike and have to do a big water change to reduce it.
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Ok. I was just making sure. Can ich not host inverts? Bc if they can even if u take the fish out it will still be in your tank as long as there are inverts in the dt. But if they cant then they will die off around 6 to 8 weeks bc they have nothing to host, right?
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Ich can't hose inverts but supposedly it is possible for it to be on them or in the water inside their shells.
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Alright. Thanks
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I went through this problem 2 times, put the coral and inverts into your smaller tank, use cupramine by seachem in your dt for at least 4-6 weeks leaving you coral and inverts fish free for 8 weeks minimum.
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