Originally Posted by AnnnetteM
I took th advice of a friend and took 8 hours today to slowly bring my SG
down to 1.016. I prepared my salt mix in the tub yesterday, did a 30 gal
water change and slowly exchanged tank water for filtered water until after 8 hours the SG
was down. Can this get rid of the ich on the fish?
This friend did it and i worked for him.
No. Hyposalinity will not work at that level. The SG
needs to be reduced to 1.009 (14-16 ppt
) to be an effective treatment against C. irritans
and remain so for 4 weeks. Keep in mind that if you do this everything
else in the tank will die as well. The only thing to survive will be the bacteria and the fish. If the 1.016 worked for your friend, I have serious
doubts it was Cryptocaryon irritans
affecting his/her fish.
I have a UV ster and he told me that if I get my water quality back that with patience the ich will go away. He also suggested aquarm pham stress coat in the tank and I have it, but haven't put it in yet. I don't know if it will damage any corals, snails etc..Is it ok or not?
's are not a cure for parasites by any means. They can however lower populations allowing proper remedies a helping hand though. Parasites are not a result of poor water quality, stress or otherwise. It either comes in with a fish that is not properly QT
'd/treated or it's not there. C. irritans
does not just simpley "appear" from nowhere. It would be like you having absolutley no contact with another human being and suddenly developing the flu. You have to catch it through some sort of contact
And is what I'm doing in the main tank going to do anything bad as far as the SG? And how long should I leave it like this? He told me until the fish look good then wait another 10 days after that.
As I said above, everything in the tank will perish if the lower salinity is maintained. Even the 1.016 SG
you have now is most likely severely stressing all the inverts you have now, sessile and mobile alike. Many will not survive. If you perform the hyposalinity properly and drop it to the 1.009 required, everything will surely perish. If you are intent on this route, you need to remove all
invertebrates. For hyposalinity to work it must be maintained at the 1.009 for 4 weeks. Not even ionic copper will remove C. irritans
after 10 days.
Anymore suggestions? I just hated to spend so much money on tanks and filters then to just put them in the garage after.
It won't go to waste, keep the set up for any future fish purchases and always
quarantine new arrivals for a minimum 4 weeks before they are placed in the display tank.
Oh, one more thing, I bought new bulbs for my Jalli hood and they are 65 watt each. I currently have 55 watt each in the hood. Can I put the 65 watts (4) or not? The LFS who set up my tank didn't leave me the info on the hood so I don't know about this. I figured if I was going to work all day on the tank I may as well change the bulbs too. I haven't put them in and will wait till I hear from someone if this is ok.
If the ballasts are for 55w bulbs, the 65's will not produce more light but they'll still work.