Originally Posted by austinsdad
I'm liking the 20g inverrt tank option so you can hypo the main with all the fish.
Guys, whaddya think? Some rock from the main with new SW
to seed the 20g. 30lbs or so?Doesn't look like enuf sand to put in the invert tank. The rock should do, right? A powerhead, hob
skimmer (needed?), and real a cheap light. The again, for future additions, now ya gotta QT tank after this is all over with.
Yeah, the large pwc
sounds good too. Just make up some more water in case ya gotta do it again soon. Gonna need some anyway for your new invert/QT tank, right? 8)
That is exactly what I have decided to do. Please remember though this is a damage limitation excercise so there is bound to be some casualties sadly.
Firstly when I got home there was a regal dead that I was lucky enough to be able to hook out and the Raccoon Butterfly wasnt looking good at all.
I wasnt going to stand around any longer so decided to act right away.
I hooked out the urchins and five hermit crabs (I read that they would probably be ok with the drop in salinity, but they sure didnt look happy once I started) and I also managed to catch a cleaner shrimp. All went into the only bucket that I had which I put some LR
into and a small airstone with some gravel. I also managed to catch the Raccoon Butterfly which I put into the ro
fresh water that I had matched in temp and PH (had to yank the heater from the main tank for a few mins) after about 5 mins the parasites all fell off him, and he seemed alot happier. He went back into the bucket with the others. I dropped the main tank down to 1.012 with 125 litres of RO
and added ph buffer etc. I planned to further drop it down to 1.009 tonight but the marine shop advised against this with tangs and said to not reduce it any further.
Everything made it through the night I am pleased to say, and I headed over to the marine shop first thing and got a small tank for the inverts and to see if the Raccoon Butterfly will recover (I dont want to risk further polluting the main tank should he sadly die). I was going to set this up exactly as austinsdad has suggested.
On Monday I hope to order a bigger tank for future QT of new fish etc.
Thanks again for all your great help and advice.
Originally Posted by melosu58
I`d almost think about doing frequent PWC
`s to relieve the stress unless you can get several QT`s or your LFS
could maybe hold them for you. Here are some more articles on ick.
I still cant get an answer to this, if the fish are able to fight off the parasites with their imune systems through less stress and better water quality does that actually kill the parasites or do they just remain in the tank looking for a moment of weakness in the fish again ?