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Old 03-11-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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ICK OUTBREAK!!! HELP PLZ :(

I've noticed today that both of my Clown fishes have like 10+ white spots on each of them. I am 100% sure it's ick. I have a cleaner shrimp so he could probly cure my clowns but how do i get my tank rid of ick?! What caused my tank to have ick? In case the shrimp doesnt cure my clowns, what should i do to save them? Any medicine?

Help me plz. I don't want my cute lil clowns to die

Thanks a whole alot in advance
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:23 AM   #2
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It's always best to have a QT tank set up so you can put the sick fish in there and add copper or other ick treatments to that tank, because the treatments I know of are toxic to inverts, and from what I've experienced, you don't want to medicate your main tank.

What else, besides the clowns and cleaner shrimp do you have in your tank? How big is it?

I haven't had fish with ick since my 55-gal many years ago, so I don't know if there are any safe treatments since - I'm only going by past experience.


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Old 03-11-2006, 12:32 AM   #3
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I agree with GinaD, use a QT to treat your fish. The parasites will die off in your main tank w/o any fish hosts present after 2-4 weeks. If you don't have a QT setup yet, I'd advise getting one. For what this advice is worth, I'd set the QT up with no live rock, little substrate, and no carbon. Get some medications from a LFS and do frequent water changes to keep the water quality up. There are a few schools of thought on how to medicate, so I'd check around and find the setup that will work best for you. The good news is once you remove fish hosts from your main tank, that part of the problem will take care of itself over time; getting the fish happy again is the tricky part. HTH
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So to set up a QT, im gonna have to go to the cycle and all that? That's gonna be too long for my fish to hold on
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cleaner shrimp also will not help cure ich better get a qt tank tommorow and start the copper,hypo takes too long if the ich is already bad but copper will get to proper levels in about 3 days.
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There's not enough time for a proper cycle of a QT in your case, but that's where daily water tests and partial water changes are going to come in handy.
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Daily PWC will suffice to get them Quantined now in your QT. Your main tank will have to be fishless for 6-8 weeks. 2-4 is not long enough. Most remedies do not work on ick. The only two that I know of that have worked in past for others is hypo and copper treatments. Check this site for how to.
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Old 03-11-2006, 10:06 AM   #8
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All god info. Do NOT treat the main tank. Remove all fish to QT and treat them there. Let your main go fallow for at least 6-8 weeks. This is the life-cycle of the parasite. 2-4 weeks is just not enough.
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Take it from someone who is treaing Ich as we speak......I'm into week 5 of QT land for my tangs (4 of them in a 20g) and they are doing well. As many posts suggested, no LR, or anything pourus (sp?) in the tank. I feed them every 2-3 days and I change 5-7 gallons of water every other day. I also chucked my bio wheel and added a sponge that was in my main tank's sump for a couple of weeks. It seems to help with the Ammonia levels.

It seems like a lot at first, but my WC's take about 10 minutes and I've left my main tank fallow during this whole time. I do have inverts in there with 2 cleaner shrimp, so I'm hoping in 3 more weeks that I'll be able to add my fish back to the main tank.

I've treated the QT with copper for the first month and now I'm going to try Hypo for the next 3 weeks. Definately don't want to do both, as the PH will drop too low too quick. The Ich has removed itself from my tangs and they are very alive and looking well now.

I did a couple of FW dips in between my changes (3 dips total, 3 minutes each fish) and it has seemed to help, but take that with a grain of salt. Some say it works and others don't.

Good luck with the Ich and keep us posted as to how things are going with it.
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Very good info Robert, I am glad to hear it is working. I must caution against FW dips. This was the treatment of choice a number of years ago, however, it is frowned upon now-a-days. The stress of netting and dramatic change in water parameters likely only serves to stress an already immuno-supressed fish even more. Remeber that ick is a hard bodied parasite and three minutes in FW will really have no effect on it. Keep fighting the good fight and get those tangs back home.
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