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Old 11-14-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Tang has ich

Ok so I thought my tang had a spot of ich when I first got him but the next day it was gone so I thought I might have been salt/sand.... Well I come home today and it's COVERED in white spots. Only fish I have in there is my sailfin tang and a bangi cardinal. What's the best way to go about this?
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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Only tank I have for a qt is a 10g. I have a small filter that came with the 10g I just put on my display tank hoping it will collect bb. I have a filter pad that's in my sump it has only been in there for 2 days though. I know I need to leave my main tank fish less for 4-6 weeks. But how should I treat the fish?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
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Also is it ok to just use tap water in my qt or should I still use ro/di? I ask because our unit is down for maintenance...
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I personally would treat them in your qt tank with cupramine which is a copper based med. But it is a more fish friendly copper then most . Just follow the directions, get yourself a copper test kit that will read ionic copper such as api or seachem's, the stuff works great, keep them in there for 2 or 3 weeks and you should be good to go. Make sure you keep and eye on the ammonia level though.
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Does the qt tank need a powerhead? I heard it takes 4-6 weeks for ich to die off?
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A powerhead would be a good addition if you have one, and yes 4 to 6 weeks but thats for it to die off in the main tank they can't survive without a fish host. But after 2 or 3 weeks you can remove the copper from the qt and they should be cured.
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If you don't want to use copper, you can do hypo salinity... It's less stressful for the fish and is a more effective method. Not saying to NOT do copper, just giving a second option.
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Only thing with the hypo is you will have to get a refractometer to make sure the salinity is accurate otherwise either one is acceptable.
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Only thing with the hypo is you will have to get a refractometer to make sure the salinity is accurate otherwise either one is acceptable.
Spot on.
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Some good info on the parasite and treatment.

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Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro
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