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Old 04-03-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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Puffer with ich?

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Have a dog face puffer. Had ich (or what i thought) and put him in hypo. Is at 1.00 for salinity. I was under impression that ich was a few white spots on body. The puffer is litterally COVERED in them. They are on his eyes, fins, body all over.. Could this be velvet disease? How would i treat this? i almost killed him with a copper treatment because thats what the LFS suggested to treat ich.

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Puffer with ich?

Ich will drop off and from those up to 1000 more tomites will form, so, if you saw a few at first and there a lot of them now, it could be ich. Are they salt grain sized? I would raise the salinity to 1.009, that is the suggested salinity. I would also start soaking the frozen food in at least garlic, but I would also soak in zoe and selcon.
Any chance you can get a pic?
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Thanks. I have him in a 29g qt tank at this time with the heater, power filter, air driven cycled sponge filter and a power head. I soak the food in VitaChem, and dose the 210g with that also. I am doing very aggressive water changes, but I dont understand how the ICH is continuing to live with low salinity levels. Its been well over 4 weeks in that QT tank, and I dont want to do chemicals with him. Ill try for a pic. My camera is dead and all i have right now is my phone camera. But, the spots are slightly larger than salt.
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I would also soak in garlic guard, I have read it helps to boost their immune systems.
Are you using a refractometer to measure the salinity?
What is your salinity in the QT?
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I will pick up some garlic guard. I use a floating hydrometer. I will be getting a refractometer soon. Salinity in QT is 1.03 as of today. Im getting it up to 1.09 like was suggested.
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From my experience, my hydrometer read 1.022 once I got the refractometer, my real reading was 1.027.
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Ok, so I got a refractometer, and salinity has been kept at 1.09. Ich has not subsided. The LFS even gave me another medication that did not contain copper. Left it in longer than the recommended time. Puffer looked extremely stressed. Did the 25% H20 change and started carbon again. Nothing worked. Now, a friend is saying a Freshwater Dip for about 2-3 minutes. He said it will be hard on the fish, but will kill whatever is on his body.
Any thoughts??? It kills me to see him like this!!!
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IME the FW dip will further stress him out and probably kill him. I have never seen a FW dip not stress a fish out and have disasterous results. JMO
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Thanks. Im out of ideas.
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