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Old 10-02-2003, 09:20 PM   #1
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question about ick and reef tanks

i was throughing out all of the freash water things i had that i cant use any more for my tank and i came across quick cures ick cure and it said for fresh water and salt water bare tank only. i dont have ick in my tank(knock on wood) but im wondering if i do ever get it what would i use too cure it? i have 1 candy stripped cleaner shrimp and im getting anouther one tommorow and i know that they will eat the ick but can they cure the ick for all stages of its life or is there some chemical(i realy dont want too use any chemicals in this tank) that is reef safe?
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Old 10-02-2003, 09:53 PM   #2
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What is in "quick cure"? Never heard of it...
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its a brand of ick med, it has malachie(sp) green in it.
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i would NOT use it in your tank. There is a reason the lable says "bare tank only' right after saltwater.

If you do get teh urge to use it put the fish that has ick in a qt tank first then dose the qt tank. As a general rule you should never dose the main tank for ick or any other parasite unless there is no other way.
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Old 10-02-2003, 11:54 PM   #5
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Quick cure is primarily formaldehyde with a hint of malachite green. Definately nasty stuff. :P

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i was never planning on useing it in my tank i dont even have ick in the tank, i was wondering how would ick be removed from a reef tank, i know the cleaner shrimp pick it of the fish but what eats ick when its in its free swimming stage?
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but what eats ick when its in its free swimming stage?
Nothing, only medications will have any effect on theronts once released from the reproductive cyst. They have very little time to find a new host and infect, if unsuccessful within 12-24 hours they will die. The best method to eradicate ick from the main tank is to leave it fallow for at least 4 weeks. Depending on what stage the parasite was at when fish where removed for treatment it can take upto 2-3 weeks for the parasite to finally die off. The extra time is a buffer to be sure there are no "straglers"

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