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Old 05-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Reoccurring Ich

Hi, I have a question for you guys. I am getting super frustrated with my tank. I had ich, got rid of it. Waited three weeks until I added another fish and he got ich instantly. Is the ich living in my sand? What should I do?

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If you never did anything to rid the tank of ich then it is still living in there.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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It will live in the sand/rock, find a host (fish) and continue on. The only two proven cures are Hyposalinity or copper treatments. Those are done in a QT. You leave your DT fallow for 6-8 weeks to let the Ich in there die off due to not having a host. By then, your QT fish should be cured and will go back into an Ich-free tank. QT your new fish moving forward and you should never have Ich in your DT again.

It really stinks when you almost have your tank stocked and then a new fish is introduced with Ich because you were not QTing. You could lose a lot of fish, or you end up pulling them all out into QT. Doing it right from the start usually saves lots of heart/headaches down the road.
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