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Old 09-11-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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I recently was gone over the weekend and left my reef tank alone for two days. I had a cherub angel and two clowns. When I got back I found the cherub angel fish dead. Ammonia was at 0.25 and nitrates were at 30ppm. Nitrite was 0 and pH was 8.3.
I did a water change and ammonia dropped to 0 within 2 days. My clowns have these white spots on them. They weren't eating food when I fed them for 1-2 days and now have started eating again a little bit using Garlic Guard dipped mysis shrimp. I went ahead and bought a quarantine tank and copper medication.

Should I treat them or will they fight it off?

Mine is a 40 breeder mixed reef. Ammonia is 0, nitrates 0-5ppm so very low, nitrite is 0 and pH is 8.3. Salinity is 1.024 dKH is 9. Just two clowns in the tank. Tank is established.

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Called my LFS and they said its Ich. QT not necessary and fish will fight it off on its own. But I'm keeping the setup and copper medication I just bought. Might need in the future.
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Another close up shot of one clown. They seem to be coming back to their normal behavior hosting in the brain coral although breathing is still a bit heavy.

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They are right in that clowns are a hardy fish and might be able to fight off the parasite. But not treating it will leave it in the tank, even if you stop noticing it. Any new additions will be immediatly exposed and will have a much harder time fighing it off. Not many fish are as hardy as the family of damsels and clowns.
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Called my LFS and they said its Ich. QT not necessary and fish will fight it off on its own. But I'm keeping the setup and copper medication I just bought. Might need in the future.
I am setting up my 29 gal qt right now, my fish are eating and doing well, but I want this gone. I don't like seeing them flashing, makes me feel like a bad momma!
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I want this s#it gone.
Me too. Sigh.
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QT work in progress. Clowns are not doing well. I am going to transfer them tonight by filling up the QT tank with water and a filter pad with beneficial bacteria from the main tank.

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Ok clowns are in the QT. please wish me luck. I need it.

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If you're using a copper treatment you'll want to remove the bio pad before you treat. The copper will not only kill all the bacteria, but it will get impregnated on the pad, contaminating it for any future use (such as putting it back in the DT/sump for future seeding.

If you're going hypo, the bacteria may die during the heart of the treatment, but some may survive and reanimate when salinity comes back up.
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If you're using a copper treatment you'll want to remove the bio pad before you treat.
Thanks. I was debating last night whether or not the stock cartridge containing carbon should be there as it may actually try removing copper thereby rendering the treatment useless. I took it out this morning but left the pad from the main tank because it is seeded with BB.
I plan on buying a test kit for copper to ensure the adequate copper level in the QT. my plan is to do PWC throughout the treatment and replenish whatever copper goes out with them.
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