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Old 10-10-2008, 02:28 AM   #21
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dude i dont have a quarentine tank and many of the articles sed a way to get rid of it is to raise the temperature it will kill the parasite
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Dude... then get one. And I think if you reread those articles, you'll find that the only thing increased temperature does to SALTWATER ich is *maybe* increase the life cycle... but it will NOT kill it. Now if you're reading about FRESHWATER ich, then yes... temperature is a part of that treatment. But those are two totally different parasites.

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oh i must have accidently read about freshwater but i did what that one article sed and lowered the salinity the salt level is now 1.20 should i go lower or is that good?
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You should not have lowered the SG of the main tank.

This is why everyone is telling you to get a QT tank. You can pick up a 10g tank for about $10 at walmart. By changing the SG so suddenly in your tank you could very easily made the situation worse.

I think eveyone has provided you with good advice so far. There is no quick simple answer. You will have to do some research.
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Lowering the SG in your main tank to the levels required (1.009) will kill everything in your tank except your fish. Snails, crabs, corals... everything. That's why you do it in a quarantine tank. Lowering the SG even to 1.020 quickly in your main tank may have started the beginning of the end for your crabs/snails, and yellow polyps. They may not be dead right now, but they sure aren't very happy with you, and may not be doing too well in a week or two.
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the QT tanks do they have em at pet co how much will they cost
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ok i bought the QT tank or the hospital tank and a filter a heater and a thermometer the LFS said another good way to kill the parasite is to dip the sick fish in freshwater for just a minute or two and that will kill the parasite almost immediately and than put in the hospital or QT tank and lower salinity a lil bit and that will kill it does sound well?
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No, hyposalinity does the trick. FW only affects parasites on the outer skin layer margins and not those burried within. Do a search on hyposalinity; There are many links available on this site if searched
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ok im also going to put him in the quarentine doing a daily water change and theres this copper medicine stuff they told me to use aswell
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I would not use the copper if it is in such a dire state as you describe. Copper is a very harsh medication that literally burns the parasite from their skin including their skin/mucous layer. Does it work, yes. Should you use it in this case, no.
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