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Old 01-02-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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Ick on my blue hippo.

I do 15% water changes on my 120 w/ 40 gallon sump every three weeks. Nitrates, nitrites, ammonia are all at 0PPM. Ph is at 8.2. My blue hippo has Ich. Could be a tank mate is stressing him out? I recently placed a garibaldi damsel in the tank. About three inches. My hippo I s about five. Input please.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Did you QT? If not, that probably brought Ich into your tank. As far as stress, Garibaldi are one of the most aggressive damsels, so that could be added stress. They also get huge, so hopefully you've got plans to get a really large tank.
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It's been in there for about three or more weeks. And no I did not quarantine.
I do not have the space to set up a quarantine tank. I be never really had a problem with that before. Thanks for the feedback.
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It's probably one, or a combination of stress and/or the new fish introducing it into the tank. I'm assuming the new fish looks okay?

I know that Garibaldi juveniles are beautiful, but I'd consider something less aggressive. Damsels are already known for their aggressive behaviors. I've heard that Garibaldi are much worse.
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I will probably get rid of it in another month or two.
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How bad is the ich? Keep an eye on the fish. Make sure he is eating well and swims.
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The ich had to be introduced into the tank with the new fish the stress didn't cause it.You better get yourself a qt tank or this will keep happening over and over again with the addition of any new fish. You shouldn't treat a dt with any meds especially if you have corals or inverts and if not treated the fish will more then likely not survive and the other fish will also become infected. You'll probably have to move all the fish to a qt tank and keep your tank fishless for 6 to 8 weeks to make sure the ich are dead, they can't survive without a host fish the inverts and corals can remain since they are not effected.Treat qwith either copper or hypo if your not that experienced I would go with the copper cupramine works excellent. Good luck
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
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Jumping in here...

You don't necesarily have to QT EVERYTHING. Remove the source of the problem and the chances are it will clear up.

I had a Powder Brown Tang and within 2 weeks of adding it to my tank it developed ick and spread to all my other 4 tangs. I removed the powder brown into a QT tank and it soon after died. My other fish including a hippo tang all survived the ick and shook it off. Tangs buld up a natural immunity to ick and if treated correctly can overcome it.

I would remove the damsel ASAP and see how that works out for you.
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I don't know where you heard or read that tangs have an immunity to ich but tangs are one of the most susceptible fish to ich there are. And if he doesn't remove the fish from the tank to kill the ich it will aways be there and the next fish he adds will become infected and so will the other fish in the tank more then likely.
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I didnt say they have an immunity to ick but that they can build an immunity meaning they grow stronger at fighting it off. The minute i remove the ick magnet from my old aquarium my other fish recovered within days.

here's some good links on ich/ick.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part II by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

The articles do suggest quarantining but you must do this before adding the fish. I believe the way tonedogz is referring to is to remove every fish in your display tank and quarantine all of them which is a lenghtly process due to the fact you may have to remove rocks and coral to catch certain fish. Not ideal. You must then treat with a ick/ich treatment. This is effective but not everyone has access to a large empty aquarium that is cycled and ready for treatment.
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