In the past few weeks, we have had a breakout of Velvet among several of our fish. Already lost our Yellow Tang and a blenny. At first we didn't know what it was, but after careful inspection and some advice from others on here we are pretty sure it is Velvet. We are going to quarantine all infected fish in a 20 gal
QT, but would like some additional advice on treatment.
Have read several articles and suggestions from others about hyposalinity and freshwater dips. Some articles have suggested doing a freshwater dip for 5-10 minutes in RO
water while carefully watching the fish for stress or problems and then putting them into a QT with SPG b/w 1.013 - 1.010. Since i am not a big fan of chemical treatments (always had bad experiences), I would like to try this but have some reservations about stressing the fish to death, especially in the dip. Here are couple questions:
1. Anyone ever tried the dips and had success?
2. Is it safe for the fish to be dipped and then put straight into a hypo QT immediately? (One article said that this would kill the parasite, but what about the fish.)
3. Is it best to introduce hypo gradually or all at once?
4. Would 20 gal
QT be big enough for the following: Coral Beauty Angel (about 3 inch), Tomato Clown (about 2-2.5 inches), Blue Devil (about 2 inches), and 2 Domino Damsels (both about 2 inch)?