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Old 09-18-2011, 05:30 AM   #11
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Looks like it might be ick. Pictures are not that clear. I went throughout this with my 210 dt. I had to qt and treat the fish away from the dt. If they have ick your tank has ick. The best way to cure your tank with out medicine is to let the tank run for about 6 to 8 weeks with out fish in it. Your inverts will be fine because ick does not effect them. After waiting 6 to 8 weeks the parasite will die off with out any fish to feed on. If you treat the fish and put it right back in it will get ick again. I know it sounds like along time but this is the safest way I know how to treat with out harming your dt. Treat the fish in a qt and once they are better they can be put back in after 6 to 8 weeks. If you decide to remove the inverts you will mostly contaminate the sand and rock with copper from the medicine. And have to start the tank over with new sand and rock then have to wait for it to cycle again. If you are getting your sand and rock from the ocean or beach there is a good chance you got the ick from there.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #12
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Woahhh live rock from the beach? Lucky
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How come the spots are only visible at nighttime under the light but daytime there is nothing?
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The ick will gourge itself on the fish and will then fall off to the substrate. Then over two hundred little ones called tomites will come from each one. That`s why sometimes it looks like the parasite is gone and then it comes back. Read these.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com


Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
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Same thing going on over here.

I had a fish with ich in my DT and of course, I didn't have a QT setup. I just went out and got another small tank (or you could use the 20 gal you have) and moved all my fish into it since they've all been exposed. It is risky, because it's un-cycled, but I really had no other choice.

Just make sure to check the ammonia and pH at least once every day. It may take some daily water changes as well for about a week before it levels out. I also used Stability to help add good bacteria and AmQuel to help control the ammonia if it suddenly spiked, but mainly just a lot of water changes.

Leave your DT alone and let it run empty (no fish) for 8 weeks. Inverts will be fine.
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