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Old 09-14-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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regal tang ICH

Exactly how do you do a freshwater dip. Is it just plain water, no salt? What about ph? I assume the dechlorinator part. How long on average? She's been in Qt since I got her two weeks ago.
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If she is in qt, you shouldn't have to dip her. You can treat for ich with hypo or cupramine. Dips are stressfull and in a qt setting, I don't see the point in doing one.
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Old 09-14-2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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I agree, skip the dip! It can't kill parasites that burrow into the skin anyway! Read other posts here about cupramine or hyposalinity treatment (requires a refractometer).
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:41 PM   #4
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i disagree i did a fresh water dip yesterday and if done right its not to stressfull on the fish at all. i have found that copper if not done just right can cause more problems than good.
as for ph use 1 TBS spoon per gallon of baking soda to raise your ph to tank conditions, and salt, and water temp a perfect match
i hope i was not to late with this but i hope it helps
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:14 PM   #5
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well I did another post on this because the white "ich" has turned brown and looks like the same diatom algae that's on the glass and sand. Any idea?
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:50 PM   #6
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i disagree i did a fresh water dip yesterday and if done right its not to stressfull on the fish at all. i have found that copper if not done just right can cause more problems than good.
True if done correctly FW dips can be beneficial but they also need to used for the right circumstances. If the fish is already in the QT, dipping the fish would be unneccessary unless heavily infested. As far as the copper is concerned, that can be true of any med used so as long as the directions are followed exactly, it shouldn't be an issue. It really depends on the sensitivity of the animal.

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as for ph use 1 TBS spoon per gallon of baking soda to raise your ph to tank conditions, and salt, and water temp a perfect match
Even 1 tspn per gallon would kill the fish 8O

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well I did another post on this because the white "ich" has turned brown and looks like the same diatom algae that's on the glass and sand. Any idea?
Never heard of this to tell you the truth. Any chance of a pic?

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The guy that owns the lfs I use alot says it looks like some kind of fungus or infection caused by the original outbreak of ich. I think she'll probably die tonight. He gave me some coppersafe as a last ditch effort to save her but she is pretty much just laying on the bottom and breathing heavy. But on the bright side she was that way before when the ich had her and she came back from that for about a week till the fungus or whatever got ahold. We'll see. If she's still alive tomorrow then maybe she's a fighter.
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Old 09-21-2004, 10:48 PM   #9
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If you have it available, do a large water change will well aged SW being sure to maintain treatment strength of what your using. The coppersafe is not going to have any effect on bacterial or fungal infections so I wouldn't use it. I don't know what you have been using to combat the C. irritans thus far but you should be very careful of mixing meds. FWIW, you could also try some Furacyn at 30 mg/gal as a last ditch effort. It's a 3 day treatment and usually fast acting and can be used with copper meds.

What have you been doing to treat the ich thus far?

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Kick ich because it's reef safe and I had it from the last ich outbreak.
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