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Old 02-20-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Ich question

My wife and I are brand new to Salt Water Aquariums, we have had our tank up for a few weeks now, started with live sand and rock to get the tank going faster. I need help now because on Friday night we noticed our Blue Tang starting to rub against the rocks, in reading some of the forums I noticed that this may not be a sure sign of ICH but occasionally they do that, so we watched her yeterday and she was doing it more, we noticed a few white spots so at that point we figured ICH (no problems with eating or respitory at this point). We know stress causes this so we thought trying taking out all the live rock trying to catch her was not going to be a viable solution. Now it looks like the other fish have spots as well, can ICH spread that fast?? I ordered No-ICH from amazon as I can't find it out here on a Sunday. We have been feeding all the fish vitamins as well as Garlic Etreme soaked into the mysis and brine shrimp. I don't want to kill off all the snails, hermits and live rock using a copper product is there anything else I can do??

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Old 02-21-2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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They do make copper free treatments for Ich. I have heard that turning up the temp in the tank to 80-82 also may help with the parasites. Not totally sure about the temperature but I do know that they make treatments that are safe for the invertebrates. I used ICH-X, no harmful effects on the snails/starfish/ect...
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Thanks for the info, at this point I am not sure what to think. I still see the white spots but the fish don't seem to be affected in any other ways, eating and breathing are good for all the fish even the blue tang didn't rub as bad yesterday as the day before.
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I am quite the novice but according to the bottle of anti ich that I have here you are supposed to treat for 3 days beyond the visible signs of the disease. Other instructions include treating in another tank, doing a 20% water change prior to treating, removing the carbon filter and clean or replace. I am pretty sure that it will only get worse and not go away on its own.

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