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Old 05-17-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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How long ich lasts

I have one clarkii clown, one yellow tail damsel and one coral beauty. The coral beauty came down with ich and then the clarkii had it. The clarkii no longer has it however the coral beauty still has the ich. It has been 12 days now and I am treating with Kent Rxp. My gravity is 1.016. Is this normal for the ich to last this long? All of the fish are active and eating well.
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I`ve never seen that stuff work. The only way I`ve seen this parasite destroyed is QT the fish and treat with copper or hypo. In this article by Steven he gives several options on treatment of ick.
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If you don't have any inverts in your tank you will need to lower your salinity to 1.009. Are these guys in a QT? You can also soak their food in garlic guard, this can help to boost their immune systems, BUT, will not cure the ich. If they are already in your QT, you will have to leave your main fishless for 8 weeks.
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The life-cycle of ick is 6-8 weeks. However, it can reproduce can continue indefinantly in a tank with fish. The best recourse it to let your main tank go "fallow" for 8 weeks. That means removing all fish to a QT (inverts are okay to stay) and letting the main proceed without fish so the parasite will die off. After that, treat all infected fish and QT ALL new arrivals before adding to the main.
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This may not work for saltwater, but in FW tanks i read on the board here that you can kill it off with subtle temp raises into the 90s, granted this will probably cook any inverts so warm up a QT perhaps?
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I dont know about 90 degrees but I`ve heard that if you raise the temp to 85 or 86 you can speed the parasite cycle up. I`ll have to investigate that further.
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I thought it was more like 82, let us know what you find, Mike.
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In the article that I gave you Steven Pro said he raises the temp to 80-82 to speed the parasite process up.
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when you guys say speeds up the parasite process, what does that mean? and what does that do? Thanks
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it makes the disease grow faster and thus get into the water off the fish to be killed by your treatment faster is how i was explained it
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