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Old 08-17-2013, 01:27 AM   #11
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@ mebbid: how low should the salinity be for a hyposalinity treatment? How long do they stay in? How does that compare to a freshwater dip?
the Specific gravity should be from 1.009 to 1.010. You will need a refractometer to measure this accurately enough. They stay in hyposalinity for 2 weeks after their last sign of ich. As opposed to a fresh water dip, it is much much less stressful on the fish and will eradicate all traces of ich rather than being a temporary remedy for a serious outbreak. When my tank first got ich it was soo bad I was worried my clowns were going to die (my firefish was immune *shrug*) They looked better almost immediately after they recovered from the stress of the fresh water dip but that doesn't get rid of all of the parasites by a long shot.

It's approximately 1/2 the amount of salt you normally use to get the right concentration. It's also a pita to keep the pH consistent when doing hyposalinity. I ended up using the water I pulled out of my DT which I dilluted by 1/2 to do water changes in my hyposalinity tank. Not sure if that's recommended but it worked great for me and saved quite a bit of salt..
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It was an effort but I got everyone caught and over into the QT this weekend. I lost the yellow angel the first night. His fins and tail were shredded. Don't know if it was a disease or if another fish picked it too much and the move to QT was the final nail in the coffin. Today the bi- color blenny isn't looking too good. He is red around the gills and his color is pale. I think stress is the culprit here because he was perfectly healthy looking and happy in the DT. It is so sad to see him just sitting there on the bottom of the tank and not darting around. Meanwhile, the beauty looks better and she was the cause of all this trouble! I haven't even started the medication yet. My 2 clowns look fine so there is at least one thing positive in this whole ordeal
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It was an effort but I got everyone caught and over into the QT this weekend. I lost the yellow angel the first night. His fins and tail were shredded. Don't know if it was a disease or if another fish picked it too much and the move to QT was the final nail in the coffin. Today the bi- color blenny isn't looking too good. He is red around the gills and his color is pale. I think stress is the culprit here because he was perfectly healthy looking and happy in the DT. It is so sad to see him just sitting there on the bottom of the tank and not darting around. Meanwhile, the beauty looks better and she was the cause of all this trouble! I haven't even started the medication yet. My 2 clowns look fine so there is at least one thing positive in this whole ordeal
What are the parameters of the QT tank? How long was the salt mixed? Whats the salinity?
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I think the parameters are good. Temp is 78 matched DT. No ammonia. Spec grav is 1.024. Salt has been mixed about a week
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I think the parameters are good. Temp is 78 matched DT. No ammonia. Spec grav is 1.024. Salt has been mixed about a week
Get a copper test for the meds you put in will have copper make sure to watch that copper. And stay on top of treatments. I QT for 21 days as long as everything is good after the 21 days.
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