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Old 12-06-2004, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ich question

I have a tank that just had a very bad ich outbreak. I had taken my QT down a few weeks before because I was not introducing any new fish and everything in the tank looked healthy. I lost a few fish before I could get the QT up again.

My question is, my only two remaining fish are a firefish and a snowflake eel. Neither of these show any signs of ich at all. I have them in QT now so that my display can sit for 6 weeks fishless. Do I need to treat these two fish if they do not show any signs of ich? Will I need to do anything before I return them to my main tank? Please let me know.

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Old 12-06-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
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Yes you should treat with either hypo or copper. Some fish will not show signs of ich like others. Some build up like an immunity, but are still exposed. I would take no chances.
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Ok, I will definitely treat them then. Which method do you prefer, hypo or copper?
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I would go with hypo, eels are sensitive to copper.
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I do not believe eels can get ich, i am not sure why it may have to do with their extremely slimy coat, but i have read that they very rarely get sick. If u can avoid doing a hypo on him it may save him the stress
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Old 12-06-2004, 10:54 PM   #6
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Eels are not immune, they are just highly resistant. If you leave the eel, you risk not eliminating the parasite, treat it as well.

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