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Old 06-27-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Hippo Tang Ich Issue

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I have a 20 Gallon Long Saltwater with a hippo tang. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HIPPO TANG IS ONLY IN THERE FOR SIX MONTHS, AND IT WILL BE MOVED TO A 300 GALLON SALTWATER AQUARIUM THAT IS BEING BUILT AS WE SPEAK. That said, my hippo tang keeps getting ich. I have used various copper treatments (don't worry, I don't have any invertebrates) and they don't seem to work long term. Quarantine is not an option, as I have no extra tanks. So, what treatment could I buy at a fish store and usually is effective. My temperature fluctuates at the most 3 degrees, either going up or down.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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The reason the tang keeps getting ich is because it is in the small tank. It keeps swimming back and forth and doesn't have the room it needs to swim.

I'm not bashing you at all I'm just saying that's the reason and will keep being the reason until it gets into the new tank

Any way a friend or local store can hold it for you in the meantime?
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I think the only thing you could buy at the store to stop your fish from getting ich is a bigger tank. Know that's not what you wanna hear but it's true.
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I have a question. I bought the tang from a well-trusted fish store and they only sell the highest quality of fish. The tang was on sale for $20. I bought it because it was on sale, the owner told that I could house a hippo tang for up to a year in a 20 gallon, and that I knew it was coming from a five star fish store. My question is, can a hippo tang be in a 20 gallon for up to a year? The hippo tang is certainly moving in six months to a 300 gallon, but is this true?
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I wouldn't leave a hippo tang in a 20g for 6 months. I don't think a 20g is appropriate for them at any point in their life.
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Unless you bought it <1" I don't think so. Even then I don't think I'd believe that, jmo
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The reason the tang keeps getting ich is because it is in the small tank. It keeps swimming back and forth and doesn't have the room it needs to swim.

I'm not bashing you at all I'm just saying that's the reason and will keep being the reason until it gets into the new tank

Any way a friend or local store can hold it for you in the meantime?
Ummm, the store can hold it for me, but not a friend. But, it's a really long drive to this store. There are many other stores, but this is the only store I trust.
Will it live okay in a 20 gallon for just 6 more months?
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Unless you bought it <1" I don't think so. Even then I don't think I'd believe that, jmo
Yes, I bought a little bit less than 1 inch. Do you think it will live?
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It might live, but it definitely wouldn't stop getting diseased. If you're LFS is great I'd trust them to hold it way more than keeping it myself in a tank much too small for it.

I know you don't want to hear that and you really have no other choice but that's what's gotta happen
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Ich is a parasite, it doesn't survive based on tank size. Kill the parasite and your animals will be free of ich regardless of enclosure size. That being said, do the fish a favor and give it another home (trade in, give it away, or sell it) as I'm sure the fish store will have shipped in hundreds of tangs by the time you're ready for another one
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