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Old 04-16-2012, 02:13 AM   #11
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I'm absolutely going to treat with meds. I'm just concerened about the other unaffected fish. I will use garlic as an extra as it is beneficial. I feel powerless because I can't get meds til tomorrow. I feel bad for him, he keeps going and laying down next to the shrimp in hopes he will clean him poor guy! I hope I can help him. I would hate to lose him.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #12
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I ALSO forgot to mention I've had a UV Sterilizer on my set up since the get go. Does that change things? Freshwater ich is Sooo much simpler lol
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:49 AM   #13
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The uv will slow it down alittle but it will only kill what passes through it. All of the water has to pass through it for it to be effective so it should be hooked up to your main pump not just a powerhead because then its only some of the water.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:04 AM   #14
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I agree, the garlic will only shoo the ich away. But if you keep your fish healthy and stress free, the ich shouldnt come back.

In just my opinion, hypo and copper in a qt raised the chances of death by quite a bit. The stress from having to break down the tank to get the fish out and into QT is a huge reason why the fish die.

I will have you guys know, in a thread kn a different forum, a friend said his fish had ich and asked for treatment methods. I immediately said the same as you guys, "hypo or copper in qt." Other members convinced me that garlic was a much better route for reasons i have already stated. After several days, boom the ich is gone.

I am NOT, i repeat NOT saying garlic will kill the parasite. But as long as you are a good aquarist and keep your fish happy and healthy, it shouldnt come back.
There is no scientific research that garlic does anything. No stress and your fish MAY be able to live with MI in the tank. The problem is anytime something goes array with your tank and your fish become stress, you are going to have an outbreak. Also anytime you want to add a new fish, it is going to be stressed and the other his will also be stressed from the new fish. It is best to deal with it now. Living with MI in your tank already gives you fish a strike 1.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #15
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Anyway...I bought garlic extreme as a supplement, and a herbal reef and inverts safe ich medication. Started treatment this morning.
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I think the UV sterilizer will kill free swimming ich, but as far as the ich on the fish I don't think it does much. Good luck with the reef safe medication. I hope it works for you, ich sucks!
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:14 PM   #17
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Anyway...I bought garlic extreme as a supplement, and a herbal reef and inverts safe ich medication. Started treatment this morning.
You should take it back and get your money back, there are no safe ick medications that do anything. Hypo or copper in a separate tank, with all the fish, leave the main tank fish less for 6-8 weeks, that is the only ways to get rid of ick. Sorry know it is not what you want to hear but it is the truth. Yes it is a lot of work to get rid of ick, thats why it is so important to quarantine all new specimens for 6 weeks to make sure that are not going to introduce anything into your main. Good luck
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Holygral is correct those medications are not going to work. I suggest you follow his and my directions and your fish will live happily ever after
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #19
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Thank you for all your advice
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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You could move the inverts and rock ands hypo the tank. That way the fish don't get stressed
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