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Old 11-19-2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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A uv sterilizer will do nothing against ich. Just to throw that out there. Quarantine is really the only way to help prevent it.
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Ive had freshwater for years..and I am a believer that ich is present in every tank..even if you fully qt your fish what about the bacteria in your LR you don't think that houses any parasites or bad bacteria? I believe this because when I set my FW cichlid tank up I had no problems for 8-9 months before I saw an ich infection.. And no I had no new additions in that time period. They simply got stressed BC. I changed both my filters at once and saw an ammonia spike.
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I have a buddy with a qt. I'm gonna see if I can throw my next one in there for about 3-4 weeks .. I only have one more fish to add.
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I have a buddy with a qt. I'm gonna see if I can throw my next one in there for about 3-4 weeks .. I only have one more fish to add.
Good luck! Hopefully that helps
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I'll keep you guys posted on how the treatment works for me..I'll sure know on a few weeks if it returns! Lol
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Just to clarify some things said above, I personally DO NOT believe that ich is in every tank. I have 8 tanks going right now and have never had ich. Some of mytanks are several years old and still, no ich. It has to be brought in somehow and fish are the way it gets into a system.

I hope your buddy's qt will work for you, you caught it early which is a great thing, it will increase your chances of success.

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Ive had freshwater for years..and I am a believer that ich is present in every tank..even if you fully qt your fish what about the bacteria in your LR you don't think that houses any parasites or bad bacteria? I believe this because when I set my FW cichlid tank up I had no problems for 8-9 months before I saw an ich infection.. And no I had no new additions in that time period. They simply got stressed BC. I changed both my filters at once and saw an ammonia spike.
Ich is a parasite that needs a living fish host to survive. It usually infects the gills before anything else which means it can live relatively undetected for quite a long time before being discovered by the visual bumps on the skin. It's a proven scientifically determined fact that certain things have a 100% mortality rate to ich. This includes medication, heat, and lack of food (fallow period) for tanks. If present in an aquarium and one of these measures are taken to kill the parasite then it is gone from that tank until reintroduced through some means.

Your cichlid tank could also have easily been cross contaminated from a different tank.
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That is absolutely the worst advice I ever heard. Ich does not exist in every tank and you don't just turn the lights down low and hope for the best. I don't think he's much of a marine biologist I'd check for his diploma.
Whoa easy there killer!

I just wanted to share what I heard from someone I consider to be a reputable source and, as huma clarified, I didn't say anything about lowering flow and lights to cure Ich but rather to reduce stress... I already posted how he could cure ich- hypo or copper in a hospital tank.

As for the UV sterlizer I was reading a thread between two hardcore aquariasts on reef central and one mentioned the use of a sterilizer to kill the parasite while in the free swimming stage- not as a way to cure it but to take whatever measures available.
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I talked to a marine biologist at my lfs on the ich subject and he is a firm believer it exists in every tank and is only a problem for fish that have low immune system or stressed so just do what you can to keep stress low...

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I disagree that it exists in every tank. If I set up a tank, use my own RODI or RO water, use dry sand, base rock, etc. then I take a captive-bred fish or I QT all fish and have my QT hypo, how can Ich be present? It does not magically appear out of thin air. Most people do not do that, so it very well could be present in a lot of systems.

I do agree with it being more of a problem for fish with lower immune systems and that less stress is good. That really goes for a lot of saltwater ailments. That is why people talk about putting fish in appropriate sized tanks. Small tanks cause stress. Aggressive and/or territorial tankmates can cause stress. Out of whack parameters can cause stress.
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dont forget to give thought to a dormant phase. also i would be hesitant to state that any treatment (outside of hypo and copper) has a 100% mortality rate against ich.... its an extremely resiliant strain that will also at some point, form a resistance to copper and/or hypo
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