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Old 02-13-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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Ick problem bout to nuke tank.. Need advice

Ok y'all.. I have tough skin so don't hold back.. I ran into a ick problem alil while back and now im trying to fix the problem.. I introduced fish I ordered from bluezooaquatics straight in my tank and now I see it's taking a toll on my other fish.. No signs of any parasites before than.. I lost the naso tang I had got and my beloved porky pine puffer to this.. I removed all my fish into 3 separate quarantines tank dosed with copper (seachem cupramine).. I have a 240g fowlr tank with about 200lbs of live rock and sand.. With all my fish removed I was going to dose my 240 with copper also.. Is this a good move? I removed them so that they don't have to battle with the raise of ammonia and nitrate cuz I know it will put my tank through a mini cycle by killing my live rock .. I was going to leave it for about 4-5 weeks empty to let the ick die out.. Any info will be highly appreciate.. I do not plan on making my tank into a coral tank ever..


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Old 02-13-2015, 08:18 PM   #2
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Ick problem bout to nuke tank.. Need advice

I have bio-pellets, carbon, phosguard and a super reef octopus 6000 running on my tank.. I was going to stop the carbon and phosguard but leave the bio pellets and skimmer running.. Should turn off the biopellets also..?


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Old 02-13-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Do NOT dose your display. You kill off everything with copper, to include the bacteria base. You'll never be able to keep any inverts in the tank as the copper will be in the rock and sand.
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Thanks snipe.. You are always the first one to reply to all my post.. Lol.. But I honestly KNOW I will never put any type of inverts or corals of any sort in this tank cause my 2 yo trigger will kill them within seconds and I plan on staying with a aggressive base FOWLR tank.. I have a 90g reef.. I have a dragon eel that I got for Xmas and I have him in a 75 gallon tank.. No fish stores will hold him for me cuz they don't want to be responsible and my fiancÚ refuses for me to get rid of him.. I'm planning on a 600g tank at the middle of the year.. I know with fish hobby it's patients to everything but I'm looking for the fastest respond I can get to get everything back on track with no signs of ick in my tank.. I'm looking to get a bigger tank cuz I had the eel for 2 months and he has already grew 2-3inch he is about 11inch now..


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Still, long term exposure to copper isn't healthy for fish either. Don't dose the display.
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So do I just leave the fish out the tank for about 8-10 weeks and let the ick die off? And just asking carbon and poly filters do take out the copper from the tank.. And seachem also make a copper removal..?


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Live rock will absorb the copper and it will be in them forever. Id let the tank sit fallow till the ich dies off.


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So do I just leave the fish out the tank for about 8-10 weeks and let the ick die off? And just asking carbon and poly filters do take out the copper from the tank.. And seachem also make a copper removal..?


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considering you have already quarantined them, yes, the best course of action at this point is to leave the display fallow for 8-10 weeks.
during this time you should still do partial water changes making certain to vacuum the substrate to remove as many of the little baby buggers in the sand as possible.
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My fish lived in large trash cans during a case of marine velvet. That's what I used as a hospital. Left my display empty for 8 weeks. I now Quarantine everything.


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So do I just leave the fish out the tank for about 8-10 weeks and let the ick die off? And just asking carbon and poly filters do take out the copper from the tank.. And seachem also make a copper removal..?


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You need Seachem Cuprisorb to remove copper.
Do not use copper inDT as mentioned.
It will leach possibly forever.
Leaving tank empty and using the transfer method for fish will best nd be safest for all.
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