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Old 05-22-2004, 07:02 PM   #11
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This is one of the reasons I always recommend hyposalinity in cases of confirmed ich. It does not affect the biofilter in the least and makes the ease of the process quite painless. If I remember correctly, you (us?) were not able to tell if this was ich or velvet. Unfortunately in that case, copper must be used as hypo has a very limited affect on velvet.

Placing the fish back in the main to fend for themselves or leaving them in the QT would not have the same result. If placed back in the main there is a very good chance they will succumb to the parasite and die. If left in the QT and treatment is continued coupled with the needed (twice daily in some cases) water changes, they have a much higher chance of survival. It has not yet been a week and the needed treatment time is 21 days using copper.

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It is a week today....sigh....

I came to the conclusion that it was def. ich. None of the symptons showed velvet. It was just alot of little spots on one fish, which are now gone. Can I still treat with hyposalinity?

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Old 05-22-2004, 07:12 PM   #13
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Can I still treat with hyposalinity?
You could but you would need to remove all traces of the copper (water changes and carbon) before you could begin. Also bare in mind that it would mean the treatment process would begin anew (4 more weeks) and the tank would still need time to "cycle" with any new seeded media (which cannot be added until the copper is gone) to reduce the amount of your maintenance. If you can tolerate the water changes, I would suggest sticking with the copper since you are already 1/3 the way through.

Switching now could cause more issues than you may be prepared to deal with

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True.

The water smells a little to much like the ocean, does this mean anything? And what about the greasy water?

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Dosn't freshwater dips destroy ich and velvet?
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Yes I believe, but just off of the fish. They would just get reinfected by the tank water. I think....
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Yes I believe, but just off of the fish. They would just get reinfected by the tank water. I think....


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YEA!!! I got something right...now how about the water smell, and greasy feeling, oh great SW GURU? (Steve-s)
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The water smells a little to much like the ocean, does this mean anything? And what about the greasy water?
It's basically nutrient and DOC. Keeping up with the water changes, feeding very lightly each day (or second day) and syphoning out uneaten foods and detritus after each feeding will help tremendously.

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As I stated earlier that a few hours after my water change that the trite, and other levels were up. Will the fish be ok till the next water change? What are the real high levels for each test, that I should do something immediatly?

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