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Old 05-31-2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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Ick or Lymphocyctis???

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last night i noticed some white blotches on my hippo tang...im not sure what it is...he sometimes rubs against the coral...otherwise eating and swimming well...here are some pics...thanks for your help
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:18 AM   #2
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Looks to me like ich. Ich is very, very common in Hippo Tangs and is sometimes very hard to treat and get rid of especially once it is in the main system's water. How long have you had this Hippo Tang? Do you have a separate qt or hospital tank? The only way's to treat ich successfully, that have worked IME are hyposalinity (preferable but slower) and copper.

To do a hypo treatment you need to place the Hippo tang in an invertebrate free aquarium and slowly, over the course of about one week, drop the salinity down to a density of 1.009. This is best done using a refractometer to measure the water.

For a copper treatment again the tank needs to be invertebrate free and copper can be added. My recommendation for a hospital tank is 10-20 gallons with no substrate, a sponge filter and heater.

Since I can see coral plugs and snails in the aquarium the hippo is in you will most certainly need a seperate qt/hospital tank.
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Hey Macman,
thats what i was afraid of....i do have a sailin tang...a pj cardinal, a clown and a blue chromis in the tank as well...i guess ill set up a QT today and begin theprocess...how do you tell the difference between ick and lympho? and thanks for your quick reply
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Ick or Lymphocyctis???

Lympho will not drop off, ich will. Lympho is a virus, so you would take a sample and check it under a microscope. Ich is a parasite.

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I would start soaking their frozen in garlic guard, this may help to boost their immune systems (keep in mind, it will not cure ich) and fight off any other parasites or infections.
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the interesting thing is i have a 75 gallon fresh water tank...had ick years ago and these spots dont look the same...these are smooth flat spots..not bumpy..i make their food and add garlic to the mix..should i wait a little while longer before i start any treatment..the other fish have no spots at all
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I wouldn't chance it. I would start QT immediately.
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ok ..thaks Roka...going to set up the qt today
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Cool, keep us updated. Do you have a Refractometer ?
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yes Roka i do have a refractometer...one of the smart things ive done!...can i use a hot filter like an emperor/penquin in the qt..and add some LR from my fuge or would i need to soak the bio filters in the fuge?
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I would soak the biofilters. If you put LR in the filter, the low salinity might kill off some of the critters already living there.
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