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Old 09-08-2009, 03:44 PM   #11
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Can i use the protein skimmer as the filter for the QT container, or does that need to stay in the main tank?
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Okay, do i QT'ng the yellow tang only, or all the other fish as well. The other fish don't have any black spots, i've checked them therally.
Can i do the tang only, and wait for the next fish to be infected appears, or should i do the Hypo to all fish even if they r not infected now.
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Need to do all of them. if you do one fish then put him back in with the others he will be re infected again.
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listen to mike if you leave any fish in the display tank your not breaking the cycle of the ich, so either the other fish will get it or as soon as you put the tang back he will get it again.
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I'm doing the hypo treatment now myself for ich and am in the third week and all of the ich is gone already on the fish in QT but have to wait 2 to 3 weeks more to give the DT time. Hypo is the way to go and doesn't stress the fish because it's easier for them to breathe in the lower salinity thus using less energy. 1st off you're going to need a refractometer not a hydrometer because those darn things are just not accurate. Your goal is to get the water down to 1.009 but between 1.007 to 1.009 is good (mine is at 1.008 ), but it has to be done in increments. What I did was fill my QT with water from the DT and took some LR and put it in with them along with a heater, light and a small HOB filter I picked up for 30 bucks then every 12hrs you have to replace 20% of the water with treated RO until you reach the target SG. The SG must be below 1.010 but not lower than 1.007. Once you get there you must keep up with the water tests because you will either experience a mini cycle Like I am or a full blown cycle which we all know is extremely stressful for the fish. I'm doing 50% PWC every other day which is keeping the parameters in check. Once again don't attempt hypo without a refractometer.
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What Inferno said is probably your best bet. I would do exactly what he said because he is going through that process right now, and there's no one better to take advice from then someone who is going through the same thing that you are. Great advice Inferno.
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SolidsnakeJV is that from the Video game? I almost forgot, after the treatment is completed and it's time to bring the fish back up to the correct salinity you cannot do it as quickly as you did reducing the salinity, it has to be done much slower in order to allow the fish to adjust because as you increase the salinity your fish are going to have to work harder to breathe and are going to use much more energy to do it. If you don't rush anything you'll be just fine. IMO It's more stressful on us than the fish.
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to pick up a 30 gallon tank that i have at my grandmother's house on Thursday and i will set it up on Friday. I have the tang a fresh water bath today and all the spots are gone, but i trust you guys and i know they'll come back, at which point i will QT all of them and give them the Hypo.

By the way, i had to move all my rock in order to catch it, but i didn't mind since i wanted to find my six line wrasse that i bought last week and haven't seen it since. Bad news was, i didn't fine it anywhere. I wonder if it dugged itself really deep in the sandbed since i read somewhere that they are knwo to burried themselves at times.
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