OK, I've been reading up on marine ich vs FW
ich and it seems to similiar to FW
ich, life cycle wise, so I am beginning to view it in the same manner as I have viewed FW
ich in the past.
= Ichthyophthirius multifillis
= Cryptocaryon irritans
Ich is frequently going to exist at low levels IMO
and you'll always potentially have a brush with it, and if fish get stressed they have the potential for being attacked by ich. It can ride on plants, rocks, fish, etc.
I still view it in the same way as germs, viruses, other parasites... generally the weaker the immune system, the higher the potential for infection/infestation. The potential is almost always there, as it is in nature.
when a fish has ich from the store, it loses it's grip on the fish, in the environment I have placed it in. This is a highly oxygenated, warm water environment. The fish gets healthier and the parasite is more resisted and also the parasite dislikes warmer climates from what I understand.
So when I started SW
, the same thing has happened. Damsels = a spot or two on the tail from LFS
, after they get comfortable at home the spots go away, this was before I got even the CBS.
I understand that ich can be present in a fish without any visible spots, in the gills specifically. However I feel that bringing the creature's environment and immune system up to optimum will help more than anything.
= 76 F and 1.023
My water = 83 F and 1.025
Terry Ranson wrote an article on ich and I tend to side with Terry in regards to meds and such.
I just don't like meds. Sorry guys I'm not trying to be a pain in the :butt: here, I just very much dislike chemical solutions to organic issues.
As always it is nice to be a member of a forum where your views are viewed without bias. Thanks in advance for that.