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Old 01-22-2008, 07:41 PM   #11
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I switched to hypo

Thanks for all the advice!! I think I'm a hypo user from now on when it comes to treating ich. Well, my clown is still hanging in there. I did a water change on my main tank (55 gallon FOWLR) early yesterday and I saved ten gallons of the water and I switched out the copper treated water that was in my QT tank and I started lowering the salinity and will continue to do so until until I reach 1.0085-1.009 SG. The SG of the water in the main is 1.022 and now the SG in the QT is 1.015 and I'm still in the process of lowering the SG. Right after I switched out the coppered water that used to be in my QT tank and replaced it with the copper-free main tank water, I gave my clown a 3-4 minute freshwater bath and that helped him in a great way as it got rid of alot of the ich parasites. I have a heater in the QT that is set at 83 degrees and he seems to not be having any problems with it. Well, so far that is the update and I'll keep you posted on how things go in a few days or so.
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Just be careful on the FW bath. Out of all the things you have done so far that was the most stressful. I`ve rarely seen a FW do any good. It usually stresses the fish out that it ends up dying. And as Kurt mentioned the copper will be more stressful than the hypo.
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My clown is better

Hi all, my clown is fully recovered. He's still in QT with hypo and he no longer has ich and he eats like a pig. The temp is set at 85 degrees and I heard that temps from 85 to 90 degrees is very hard on ich especially if combined with hypo. He's been in QT for ten days now. How much longer should he stay in there? Again, my main FOWLR is 55 gallons and it is ich-free and I certainly don't want to introduce ich under any circumstance! In it, I have a foxface, a reef butterflyfish, a pajama cardinal, a turbo grazer snail and a pair of cleaner shrimp along with thirty pounds of live rock and live sand. Thanks again!
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4 weeks MINIMUM after you see the last white spot disappear. Minimum. Six weeks is probably better.

There is stuff out there that says the life cycle of ich speeds up with higher temps, but in my opinion higher temps are needed with hyposalinity. The hypo will kill off the ich on its own... no need to speed the life cycle up. I'd just keep the temp at the same temp the fish has been used to, should be less stress on the fish.

Glad to hear things are working out with the hypo!

As an aside, you've got some big fish there in a 55g. Keep an eye on things when you add the clownfish - seems like you're getting pretty close to overloading your tank with only 30 lbs of live rock in there for filtration.
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Sounds like a happy ending but I would wait a few more weeks as Kurt said.
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