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Old 08-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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tangs with ich! :O

hey everyone... this morning, i woke up to a yellow tang and a powder blue tang with ich because of the temperature in the tank rising a couple degrees! the tangs had sooo many white little "pimple" dots on them, but they didnt seem too stressed out. i got 2 large bags and filled them with ice and floated them in the tank for a couple hours and kept refilling the bags with ice. now, the temperature has pretty much returned to normal and the tangs look MUCH better. alas, they still look to have just the smallest and tiniest white dots on their fins and not a lot on their body. will the ich entirely go away soon??
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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No it wont. Your tangs have ich so that means that soon all of your other fish will get ich as well. The best method of treatment is to put all of your fish in a differant tank and slowly lower the salinitly, this method is called hypo. It will kill the ich and them you can add the fish back into the tank
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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Try feeding garlic or garlic soaked food to your fish. This will boost their immune system and prevent ich. Better survival rate.
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Try feeding garlic or garlic soaked food to your fish. This will boost their immune system and prevent ich. Better survival rate.
Garlic does absolutely nothing for ich. It is not proven as an immune system booster or a cure or a preventative . It's just an appetite stimulant . Hypo or copper are the only cure. These rumors are dangerous to the fish keeping hobby and need to be stopped .
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well.. i don't have a hospital tank set up yet to do the hypo method, so would taking the fish to my local saltwater store be okay so they could keep it hospitalized? or would that do absolutely nothing to help? btw, my blue powder tang is pretty stressed out and is trying to scratch himself on the sand and rocks! i hate ich!
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I wouldn't trust them to cure my fish. Buy a big rubber maid tote and use that as a qt. Treat with hypo or copper( I prefer hypo) and leave your main tank fishless for 8 weeks. Hypo will calm your powder blue tang down and relieve some of the stress.
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Garlic contains allicin, the active ingredient that boost immune system. It is present in a lot of applications in the medical field and is proven to strengthen the immune system. Even the popular product selcon contains allicin as the active ingredient and formula one contains allicin. It's not the garlic that benefits fish but the active ingredient in garlic - Allicin.
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Allicin has antifungal , antibacterial and antiviral properties. Ich is a parasite . Once again garlic is not now or will ever be proven to cure or help with ich.
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As stated above, garlic will NOT cure ich. It may help the fish deal with it better but it is not a cure unfortunately.

Hypo and copper are the only two KNOWN methods of killing ich completely. You may get lucky and the fish may fight it off but it can still lay dormant in your tank and can for sure re-infect the fish, thats why it's recommended to remove the fish and let the tank sit for 6-8 weeks. This will ensure that any ich in the tank is killed and will make it safe again for the fish.

How big is the tank they are in now? Can you catch them to put them into a qt? Depedning on the size of the tangs you may want to go with a rubbermaid tote as it will be big enough for the tangs.
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the tank i have now is a 120 gal reef tank. i would have to try for a couple hours to catch the tangs but wouldnt chasing them around stress them out even more? and as i said before, i do not have a QT set up anywhere, and i dont think i really understand the "rubbermaid tote" idea (sorry)... so am i supposed to fill the rubbermaid tote with the saltwater from my tank and put the fish in there for a while? i wouldnt have a filter or anything for it! are you telling me i have to buy more stuff? D:
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