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Old 05-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Reef ich solutions?

I'm pretty sure my royal gramma has ich.... Pulling him out would be next to impossible. Is there a solution that I can put in?
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UV sterilizer. raising the water temp. hypo salinity.

these are all small solutions that might help but the best way is still to take the gramma out and dose a QT with copper medication
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How long would he have to be outta the tank?
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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IME there is not much that can be done. In general fish get sick when two things happen, 1-the pathogen is present AND 2-they are stressed. You can treat for the pathogen, but if they are not stressed they will not get sick. On the other side, if they are stressed you may treat this pathogen, but they will get sick again unless you remove the stressor.

I have talked to a few people who have used New Life Spectrum's Thera+A to treat marine white spot. It has enough garlic to kill some parasites.
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Just wanted to chime in here:

I had this problem once in a reef. Unfortunately, the only thing I could do was step up the water changes and hope that "the strong would survive".

I could be wrong, but once you see ich, it is assumed that the tomites are free swimming and looking for any host that is susceptible to them attaching.
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Thanks for the tips. I have a reef tank...will that solution harm my corals or my cleaner shrimp? Thanks again, you have been so helpful!
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hopefully your clearner shrimp does its job and eats the ich bugs off the gramma
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@Mr Crabs...yeah, that's kinda what the guy at our fish store told us. :-( Just feel bad for the little guy.
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We do too. But the cleaner is new to the tank and he just hangs out in the back of the tank. I'm assuming with time he'll do his job.
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I have a small 1gal tank...should I put my gramma and cleaner in there...will that force the cleaner to eat them off the gramma? Right now the gramma hangs out where the cleaner can't get to him.
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