UGH. this whole project has been more trouble then its worth. well for anyone who wasnt following my just getting started thread, heres a short recap:
began setting up my first saltwater tank in late sept-early oct. 50gal FOWLR
. cycled for 4 weeks with a table shrimp. when ammonia and nitrite finally reached 0 i added the following:
4 baby hermit crabs and 2 ocell clownfish (captive bred)
1 week later i added 1 foxface lo and 2 fire shrimp
2 or three weeks later i added 1 bicolor angelfish, 2 tactus snails, and 2 trochus snails.
everyone was doing great. no deaths, no nothing. so far so good.
bicolor wasnt eating when she came home and after a big head ache, she began eating flakes after 6 days. 1 snail died earlier this week. i think he fell and couldnt get up lol. poor guy. otherwise everything was ace.
tonight i noticed 1 ich spot on the fin of my bicolor angelfish. i'm super upset. shes eating and acting totally normal, but i see it there. i now just also found 1 spot on my fox face. he's also eating and swimming normal. from what i can see the clowns are fine so far.
well i'm super stressed. i've never dealt with marine ich before and the more i read, the more flustered i get. i do not quarantine fish, nor do i have a hospital tank.
i've dosed the tank with a bit of mashed fresh garlic tonight but have read varying things about that. i guess it cant hurt to try though. i hope.
i've read about moving the fish to a hospital tank and treating with hypo-sailinity, but thats far less than ideal for me. the only empty tank i have access to is a 20 gal
high. would that be big enough for the 4 fish? the clowns are prob 1.5" each, the angelfish is about 2.5" and the foxface is maybe 4". i'm worried that such a small tank may stress them out worse. i also dont feel skilled enough to mess around with hypo-salinity. i dont even know physically where i'd set up this tank. i dont have furniture strong enough to hold 200lbs of water. i would like to avoid this at all costs, but want to save my fish.
is there anything i can safely (and effectively) dose into the display tank to hopefully cure this? right now its thankfully very mild so i'd like to jump on this immediately. does anyone have any experience with this product? Kordon® Ich-Attack® 100% Natural Ich Treatment - Freshwater - Water Care - PetSmart
i'm freaking out right now. i've put so much effort and money into this project over the last few months and i'll be devastated if it ends in disaster.
if i was to have to go the quarantine route, how do i handle the fact that i dont have a cycled tank ready?
here i've answered the stickied question to provide as much info as possible.
1. How long have you had the fish? Do you know if it was wild caught, or tank raised?
first fish was added mid october. last one 2 weeks ago. foxface and angelfish are wild caught, clownfish are tank bred.
2. How long has the fish been in the tank? What are the tank mates? Any aggression? no aggression. foxface has been there a month+. angelfish 2 weeks.
3. Is the fish eating? If so what does it eat? eating well. omega one marine flakes with garlic.
4. What are the water parameters? pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, SPG? (actual numbers please: posting high, average or normal is not helpful) What saltwater test kit are you using? i dont have a test kit at home (i know, i know.) i work at a petstore so i use their tests haha. can get params tomorrow afternoon. they use tetra test strips. i know they're cruddy but its better than nothing. SG is 1.025
5. Is the fish showing any physical signs of disease, grain of salt size spots, discoloration, ragged fins, misting or spots on the fins, cuts, cloudy eyes, etc? one salt-looking spot
6. Is the fish "flashing" (scratching or rubbing on rocks, decorations or substrate)? no
7. How is the fish acting? Is it swimming around, or just hovering in one spot or corner of the tank? swimming normally. healthy appetite.
8. Did you use quarantine? If so for how long and did you have a need to treat for any ailments? Is it in qt now? Are you currently treating with any medication(s)? did not quarantine. did not treat with any medications. only fresh garlic.
9. Describe in detail how the fish was acclimated. floated the bag for 15 mins, then drip acclimated in a bucket for 45mins-1hr
10. What size system? What type of filtration do you use? Do you have any live rock or sand? 50gal long (4ft tank). 2 aquaclear 110's and a circ pump (dont know the model) all rock was dry except 1 piece live. and dried out live sand.
11. Do you use any additives? Have you used any sort of meds in the main tank? nope.
please help me guys. thank you in advance!!! i could never repay everyone here for all the help you guys have given me. thank you, thank you, thank you.