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Old 04-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Ick?

My blue tang has 2 lil white dots on her noise. Is it ick? I tried getting a picture but she just moves too fast. I've only had her maybe a week now. And if is ick, what so I do?
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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QT the tang, just in case in a bare bottom tank, my hippo came down with ick I got it off Craigslist for free and was advised by a very reliable fish person to fresh water dip and hyposalinity ( 1.015-1.016) and PWC every other day for at least 6 weeks and siphon from the floor of the tank as when the cysts fall that's where they land
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My blue tang has 2 lil white dots on her noise. Is it ick? I tried getting a picture but she just moves too fast. I've only had her maybe a week now. And if is ick, what so I do?
I don't know about ick in salt water, but upping the heat helps speed up the life cycle in my freshwater tanks. It makes treating it quicker.
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Marine ick is totally dif than fresh water ick raising temp in saltwater will just stress the fish out more making the ick get worse. Marine ick can't survive in low salinity
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Putting your fish at 1.015 salinity and doing freshwater dips also does not cure ich . Salinity must be maintained below 1.010 (1.008 is recommended ) for usually 6 weeks . The cysts don't fall off in hypo they basically flood with water and explode .
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I fresh water dip my tang so I was recommended that salinity
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Yea but fw dips don't cure ich and either does that salinity so I wouldn't tell others that is how you should treat it
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Yea but fw dips don't cure ich and either does that salinity so I wouldn't tell others that is how you should treat it
Well that's how I was told to treat it by a very knowledgable person not trying to kill my fish to sell me another so if you wanna belittle my method which is working for me and keeping my regal tang stress free and showing no signs of ick u just do that, but all I can do is share my experience and how it's working for me. But you just go ahead belittle people sharing there experiences if that's what makes you feel like a better person
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I wasn't belittling you I was just providing the op with the correct method of hyposalinity .
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I thought Hondatek was simply pointing out what has been scientifically proven. There are a lot of well-meaning people out there that misunderstand and give questionable advice. I know I've heard many things over the years. The good news is that there are many articles out there that explain how to combat Ich. Big money has gone into this research and there is basically no mystery left. The only proven cures are copper and hypo. Both have proven levels that work. Going less might help, but probably would not eliminate the problem.

IMO, the problem occurs when people do it their own way, start dancing around a week later when the Ich "disappears". They are not understanding that it does that as part of its life cycle (treated or not) and that nothing was actually cured. Even if it does not reappear, it does not mean that there is not Ich present and waiting to pounce on the first stressed/weakened fish.
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