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Old 02-26-2004, 09:41 PM   #1
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Ich question.

My main tank should be have ich parasite now, I did'nt quaratine them when I bought them, regret now. I had set up a QT now, I would like to moves invert instead of fish into the QT (because fish would be very difficult to catch), I will moves my cleaner shrimp, tube worms, feather duster into the QT, then treat the fishes in the main tank using the lower SG methods. Will nitrifying bacteria be gone if I do this? How to make sure that ich are all gone? BTW if I quaratine every single fishes I bought for 4 weeks, and no parasites presence, is it true to said that it will never get that parasite again in the main tank? Because for what I know, parasite stays on the fishes scales or fish body. Or parasite can grow from anywhere, suddenly pop out from water?
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My main tank should be have ich parasite now,
Should or does?

TO be honest I have to belive catching the fish will be much easier than catching the shrimp. This way you dont change the main tank and dont have to worry about your bactera levels being affected. As long as you dont drop your SG to low you wont have to worry to much about your bactera levels.

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I bought for 4 weeks, and no parasites presence, is it true to said that it will never get that parasite again in the main tank?
No this is not ture. The word never is a very powerful word and should not be used when talking about the potental for a fish to get a parasite or disease. If the fish is QTed before introduction into the diasplay tank you can monitor the fish and see if its carring anything or in the early stages of developing something. Once its in the main tank then it can still be prone to parasites and disease if the water quality is not kept where it shoudl be or if external enviormental or socal stresses are to high.

Different parasites can stay dorment on the substrate or on the rock or on the fish's body or inside the fish awaiting the proper conditions or awating a lowered imunity.
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