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Old 01-31-2006, 03:07 PM   #21
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I've finally got the salinity down to 12ppt (SG 1.009). How long before I start to see improvement in the fish? My yellow tang is still scratching on the rocks. pH seems to be stable right now at 8.2. The bacteria bed seems to be holding it's own too, NH3 is still 0. That was my main concern in lowering the SG.
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Old 01-31-2006, 05:17 PM   #22
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It shouldn't take too long to see results--probably a couple of days, maybe four or so at the most.
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Old 01-31-2006, 05:21 PM   #23
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It will take a few days to see results. Keep in mind hypo does not kill ich. It does not allow it to reproduce thus breaking a process in it's short life cycle.
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Old 01-31-2006, 06:37 PM   #24
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Agree, a week to 10 days would not be out of the ordinary until you see changes.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:02 PM   #25
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I currently have ich on my fish as well (all of them) and I'm trying the Garlic route and FW dips every 2 or so days. The first dip I did seemed to clear up the ich in 3 of my 4 tangs. I kept them in FW for 3 minutes each, then put them back in the tank. Some of the Tangs laid on their side upon entering the FW, but with a little nudge from the net, they perked right up and swam around.

I'm also going ot try Marine-Max, which is invert. safe. I'll let you know how that goes once I get it in the mail.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:25 PM   #26
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Robertfah. FW dip will do nothing but stress and eventually kill the fish and they will still have ich. Garlic will strengthen their imune system but will not cure it either.
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Brenden,
I've read that in a couple of places, but you know the internet, for every 1 line of truth there's probably 10 lines of lies, so I didn't know for sure. They seem ok for now (still have the ich), but I'll heed the advise and stop the FW dips.
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Agree. Maybe someone else will post and give you piece of mind. I was also going to comment about not using the Marine-max but I will keep quite so you can get your info from more than one source. Good luck. Hopefully someone will comment soon.
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I have not had to deal with this issue first hand so I can only report on what I have read. And I have read more good then bad about doing FW dips for fish. A large fish dealer in my area does FW dips on a regular basis for sick fish. How are you treating the tank for the ich? Reef or fowlr tank?
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Well robertfah: Here is the best advice I can give you....paging STEVE-S
Hope that works.
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