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Old 07-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Is this ich :(

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I left for work and everything was fine. Came home to this. Is this ich? Could it have developed so quickly? He is eating and swimming normal. Also you can't tell by the photo but there are white specs on his eyes too. Could it be sand..?

What are my options? A plan of action. Please
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #2
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i would say it is ich your going to have to put all of the fish in qt while the tank sits without fish for 60 days and treat the fish in qt. always qt new fish before putting them into the main tank. ich looks like sand and gets all over them, including the eyes.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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It does look like ich, he also looks very skinny. How long have you had him?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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He is laying down on the sand bed now. My boyfriend is setting up qt now.
I'm besides my self I have to go to work soon.

So our plan is to do a fw dip to the tang and keep him in qt.
if we do need to treat him with copper can he never go back in our reef tank? Or just the water?

As for the rest of dt.
Are corals or inverts affected?
I have a clown pair a wrasse and a mandarin in the tank.
I read that mandarins don't get ich. But how do I keepy my other fish from showing signs.

Any products Availble to treat ich in a reef?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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It does look like ich, he also looks very skinny. How long have you had him?
3 weeks. I always thought he looked thin to but he eats like a horse.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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...can he never go back in our reef tank? Or just the water?

As for the rest of dt.
Are corals or inverts affected?
I have a clown pair a wrasse and a mandarin in the tank.
I read that mandarins don't get ich. But how do I keepy my other fish from showing signs.

Any products Availble to treat ich in a reef?
Yes, after QT and treatment, the fish can go back in. Never put QT water into a DT though.

Corals and inverts do not host Ich. They can stay in the DT while fallow, but all the fish should really be in QT. If Ich is in the tank, any of them can host it and it will stay in the DT as long as it has hosts. Fish can have Ich without showing signs. If you only treat the one fish, it will go back into the DT that still has Ich present and can get it again.

Treatment for Ich is Hyposalinity or copper. Both do not work with reefs.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:21 PM   #7
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This morning the tang was laying on the sand bed.
We took him to the lfs where they immediately treated him with copper...he was going to out grow our 55 anyways so we thought it might be best to just let him stay there.

All of the other fish seemed fine. 2 clowns 1 6 line wrasse 2 chromis and 1 mandarin

i fed them mysis with garlic to hopefully help their immune systems.

but i just noticed the wrasse has one spot. So i guess we have to set up a qt.

we have a 20g long that is empty that was gonna be fuge. can all the fish go together? if we treat it with copper can we no longer use it as the fuge?

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also- do mandarins not get ich? i think i read that somewhere, does that mean he can stay in the dt for the six weeks.
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yes if you treat with copper you wont want to use it as a fuge after. mandarins can get ich and you should treat them also, they can get it but usually wont die from it and very rarely get ich in the wild so this is why its said they dont get it, but in aquarium systems they do.
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i dont think they respond well to copper though, so id have to treat him separately...?
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