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Old 09-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #11
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If the pad has been in the HT after copper was added, you'll need to buy a new one for the DT (if you want one, not really needed if you have plenty of LR) as that one will now be contaminated.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #12
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If the pad has been in the HT after copper was added, you'll need to buy a new one for the DT (if you want one, not really needed if you have plenty of LR) as that one will now be contaminated.
I just have a giant poly pad I cut up and put it in my HOB filter plus the sponge. Yeah nothing from the QT will go in my DT. Appreciate your advice.
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Turns out the bio filter pad removes copper as well. So I took it out, cut a piece of sponge from my main tank and put it in the QT. now gotta test for copper to make sure levels are sufficient to fight off Ich.
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I ran a test for copper and it checked at 0.5. It appears that the bio filter had taken some of the copper out of the QT. I dosed more Coppersafe to raise it a little bit. Goal is to raise it to 1.5

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From drsfostersmith.com. Copper level only went up by about .25 and currently sits at .75 or so based on the test kit. I might have to raise it a little more later.

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Old 09-14-2013, 01:48 AM   #16
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Ammonia level went up through the roof. It's at 1 ppm to be exact. Clowns are flashing and its due to high ammonia. If these weren't hardy fish they would be dead by now. I don't know if I should do a water change with all copper in there. This is tough.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:34 AM   #17
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Probably a false read
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #18
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Clowns are doing much better today. They are both active and lethargy has gone away. The larger clown is eating like a pig while the smaller one is just starting to eat little by little.
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Happy to report that clowns are doing much better. The smaller one is now eating like a pig too and his white spots are gone. The bigger clown still has white spots but they are almost gone. I think one or two more days and they are ready for. 100% water change in the QT.
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I would recommend removing everything from your filter as it is not cycled. You most certainly do not want your QT to go through a cycle whilst treating your sick and stressed fish.

I would also recommend ditching the copper and going with hyposalinity as you don't have to keep replacing the medication every time you do a water change. It only takes one mistake to overdose on copper!

You may need to do daily water changes to keep your water stable but do what is necessary. You won't regret it in the long run.

After you've treated for ich and have allowed your tank to go fallow for 6-8 weeks and your fish are back in the DT then I would recommend putting all of your filter media back into the filter of you QT and cycle it. Cycle it well so you know it's ready for any new fish. Treat all new ish with hyposalinity whether they have ich or not as sometimes you just can't see it. Most people would recommend treating for worms and infections which can be used in conjunction with hypo. It cannot with copper!
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