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Old 01-06-2009, 06:40 PM   #11
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The lfs said the lower salinity might help prevent an outbreak of ich on the ich-prone fish. They keep their tanks at 1.016, with copper. Anybody think that's reasonable? It sounded good to me.
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That is ich (cryptocaryon) folklore. In order to eradicate the parasite naturally the salinity must be <16ppt (<1.009); otherwise, lowering the salinity is pointless other than therupeutic osmoregulation. If the copper concentration is correctly measured and kept at a constant rate then it should help parasitic infestations from constantly reoccuring, but there are downsides to this method as well. Regardless of an lfs' "quarantine" or "expert care," I would always quarantine separately yourself and consider any fish sold as succeptible to a repeating parasitized system.
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