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Old 10-31-2008, 11:50 AM   #21
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Hey Tommy Gun, I'm doing the hyposalinity in the QT, not the main tank.

I'll do more water changes too, that sounds like a good idea.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:06 PM   #22
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sorry, didn't realize there were inverts in the tank and I wasn't aware of the plant issues. i just know from my experience in the past, had ich once, with fake plants and no inverts it made sense to use the heat method on the main tank. Worked like a charm. i did use QT for new additions and a sick gourami who never made it. Anywys, another reaso this site is good, lot's of experienced keepers and one can never stop learning.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:56 PM   #23
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Hey Tommy Gun, I'm doing the hyposalinity in the QT, not the main tank.
Ahhh...sorry about that. I misread your question about the cleaner shrimp.
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sorry, didn't realize there were inverts in the tank and I wasn't aware of the plant issues. i just know from my experience in the past, had ich once, with fake plants and no inverts it made sense to use the heat method on the main tank. Worked like a charm. i did use QT for new additions and a sick gourami who never made it. Anywys, another reaso this site is good, lot's of experienced keepers and one can never stop learning.
Saltwater and freshwater ich are different beasts. I think you're confusing the two. Heat doesn't do anything for SW ich - just so there's no confusion with others reading this. It *may* speed up it's life cycle (like everything else with higher temps), but it won't get rid of it.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:41 PM   #25
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Saltwater and freshwater ich are different beasts. I think you're confusing the two. Heat doesn't do anything for SW ich - just so there's no confusion with others reading this. It *may* speed up it's life cycle (like everything else with higher temps), but it won't get rid of it.
Great points! IMO, raising the temp in a SW tank is also risky because even at the same temperature, saltwater cannot hold as much oxygen as freshwater...which isn't to imply that it can't or shouldn't be done, but only to point out that extra safeguards to help promote gas exchange at higher temps is probably a very good idea.
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Old 11-02-2008, 04:08 PM   #26
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Ummm...does ich just go away? My gramma seems to be losing his spots...like it's almost gone and I haven't done anything.
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Yes and no. The white spots will eventually go away - although new ones form faster than those which fall off. However, the end of the white spot stage is the beginning of Ich's reproductive stage and each white spot could result in hundreds, even thousands of new parasites. This is why it is always suggested to continue treatment long after the white spots are all gone...you simply cannot see ich during its other, non-white spot stages. In fact, when you are treating for ich, you're not really treating the white spots because they are very well protected, but instead, you are treating the parasite when it is free swimming and looking for a host.
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Ok, the QT should be up and running soon.

Question, when I'm feeding my fish in the QT, won't it need to cycle?
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Yes, you will eith have to cycle the tank or seed it with a sponge from your main tank. I do agree, ich will drop off at night and reinfest during the day.
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What do you mean by a sponge?
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