This is from a recent PM I got from Brisco. I thought it was pretty good and wanted to share it and my responce.
Hello, I wanted to make a quick inquiry with your regarding Doans recent post on Tangs and ich. I like to think that im picking things up fairly quickly, but at the same time I am still really green. I moved my UV off my reef tank and onto my QT because I was under the impression that UV on a reef was bad. I will admit my ignorance and that I honestly can't remember why I got that impression. My first question is simply: Is this bad information? I have a 120G tank with an 18W UV. Secondly I wanted to inquire about the garlic. I have seen that Ecosystem makes a garlic product, its the only one at my LFS. Do you have a brand you like best? Lastly, and sorry for the lengthy PM, do you soak everything? I.E. Nori, live calurpa clipings, pellet and flake? Thanks for your help, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and respond.
Since you asked some really good questions I am going to include this in the post because I feel people can benifet from it.
Using the UV
sterilizer on your qt
is the best thing. If your reef is free of ich and you quarinteen properly with a sterilizer you will never have to worry about ich being introduced to your main tank. However from my experience my UV
has never hurt my reef. Could it have killed some benificial stuff in the water, yes, did it make a noticible difference in my tank, no. Plus a 18w is far to small for a 120, so it is best you use it on the QT
As far as the garlic. Seachem is what I use, it is about 1/3 the price of ecosystem and is just as effective. I would search for it on the internet I am sure it is available. I just don't know where because it is available at my LFS
. I feed flake, have claupea in my tank and a large variety of frozen foods. I only soak the frozen when I feed, however it will not hurt to soak everything. I figure as long as they get some garlic each day, that will do them some good.