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Old 07-01-2009, 01:45 PM   #11
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I lost my lemonpeel this morning. I did a 50% water change afterwards to hopefully help my other two left. They are still eating but the spots are getting more frequent on the hippo tang. I hope they last.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:24 PM   #12
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It might be time to try a FW dip for each of them, then back in the QT. It may buy you some time until you refract gets in.
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I FW dipped them. How often can I do this? I have to do all I can for a week to 10 days until my refracto gets here. I also read that Hyposalinity doesn't work on advanced stages of ICH. Is that true? Thanks.
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Hypo will kill the parasite... period. Whether or not the fish is strong enough to survive is probably the real question. So I can see if someone puts a fish into hypo that has endured several cycles of ich, each one worse than the previous, someone could say that hypo "didn't work" because the fish died. But in reality, the hypo is killing off the parasite - just not quick enough for that particular fish.

I know nothing about FW dips... you might PM Innovator - think he's familiar with them. Many here see them as more stressful on the fish than whatever it is you're trying to fix.
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When I've done it (and it's totally atypical and suggested only as a last resort since it seems your running short on options until the refract gets there). 4-5 minutes depending on how the fish is holding up. Then back in the QT. Stick an airstone in there, match the ph and temp. Dechlor if it's tap.

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I dont like to FW dip any. The only 2 times I`ve done it the fish soon died. To me it stresses out an already stressed fish to the point of no return. I have never seen a FW dip work effectively. JMO
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:37 AM   #17
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I don't disagree. I have also never seen leaving them in a quasi-hypo solution for 10 days untreated (as one dies and one by all indications is getting much worse) work either. The refrac isn't due in till the 10th, going from 012 to 'normal' to use copper does not seem all that healthy either.

To me the options seemed to be; do nothing or something as it appeared the condition was worsening.

someone could say that FW dip "didn't work" because the fish died. Perhaps in reality, the FW dip is killing off the parasite - just not quick enough for that particular fish.
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Thanks for all your input. They are both still eating today. I will leave it as is and hope for the best.
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