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Old 01-12-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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ICK: How Do I Curing My Power Blue Tang

I got a power blue tang about 3 weeks ago and about 10 days ago I found ick on him. I have raised the temperature of the tank to 82 degrees and am soaking his food in garlic but I dont know if it is working. The white spots disappear and them sometimes they come back 10 times over. I bought quick cure for ick and the fish guy at the store told me to treat the tang in a seperate area in fresh water that has the same PH as the tank. To put the medicine in the separate bucket and put the tang in the medicated fresh water for 4 minutes, then rinse him and put him back in my tank. I dont know what to do. He doesnt seem to be getting much better. Am i doing something wrong or is it just going to take a while for him to get better.
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IMO the acutall process of taking the fish out and doing a FW dip could be as stressful as having ICH itself.

When the ich first appeared do you recall anything different about the tank? Instead of doing FW dips on the fish I would avocate setting up a qt tank and then dosing that tank and leaving the fish in that tank for a period of 1 month. Even after the ich is not evident on the fish the parasite is still around but its just in its non visable stage. Part of getting the fish healthy is a healthy diet as well as a healthy enviorment.
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As fishfreek says, FW dips and repeatedly netting the fish is very stressful. Your main tank, as well as your QT, should have rocks stacked together to provide many hiding places.
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I have 65 pounds of live rock in my 55 gallon tank for him to hide. I am not going to be able to QT the tang though. Any other advice.
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Old 01-13-2004, 02:03 PM   #5
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Your main tank, as well as your QT, should have rocks stacked together to provide many hiding places.
QT should always be barebottomed, rock and other substrate can and will absorb medications. Pieces of PVC pipe will provide the cover that I agree are necessary to help reduce further stress.

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Why not? You don't really have any other viable choices at this point. FW dips do not work very well on their own, as even if it kills all the parasites on the fish they will remain behind in the display tank. Nuking your main tank may make it inhabitable for livestock down the road (or currently depending on what you have in it). You can continue to try the garlic, but should understand that it may or may not work and the ich may progress to where you can't treat it in time.
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Old 01-13-2004, 02:13 PM   #6
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You can use a Rubbermaid tub as a QT. Just get a small heater and a small powerhead.
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I am going to QT the tang I guess. Doesnt seem like their is any other choice. Hopefully he gets better. Thanks to everyone for the advice. As you can see I havnt been at this that long and I need a little help sometimes. Thanks

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Related question:

I just learned that a QT should be bare with only PVC or other inert material for habitat. My question is bilogical filtration, and how to maintain it?
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You can use a sponge filter whose media was in the main tank for a few days. Or use a new small sponge filter with constant small water changes (10% per day?) till the filter is established.
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Remember the the Powder Blues are prone to marine Ich. I agree with the consensus here to QT the Blue until well. If this is the only fish you have in your display tank, I would leave in QT for at least 3 weeks so that any Ich spores in your main tank die off for lack of a host (their cycle is around two weeks and if they do not find a host, they die). HTH.
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