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Old 01-22-2015, 10:57 PM   #1
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Ich?

How do I go about treating ich? I've introduced a yellow watchman goby into my tank without quarantining him (I know, I know) and I think he's got ich.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:09 PM   #2
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The only way is to pull all the fish out and treat them in a separate tank while leaving the display fishless for at least 6 weeks although 9 weeks recommended.

For treating the fish there's a ton of methods out there including hyposalinity, copper, formalin, and the list goes on.

Take a read of this link: Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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Turns out the little bugger did a dive in the sand before I looked at him. He's fine - as are all the other fish. Been monitoring them since and no signs of any white spots

Phew!
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yeah the sand can cause a false ich id, glad hes okay!
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Ok so my Royal gramma emerged this morning for his food covered in ich. He's the only one affected visually. Someone suggested I try Kordon Ich Attack as it won't harm my inverts. Should I try this route or a copper treatment?

If I go with copper this was my plan:

I'm moving the inverts into a separate tank. I'm putting the fish into a separate tank to treat them in. I'm also going to put the live rock and sand into the new tank I'm already cycling (since ich needs a live host I'm assuming that should be fine and I don't want the copper to leach into either one)

I'm not going to integrate anyone for at least 6 weeks. Does this sound good?
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #7
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Ok now I'm a tad confused. I look back two hours later and what I was positive was ich is now gone?

Is the sand playing tricks on me or can the visible stage of ich have that short of a life? Couple of hours?
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Ok now I'm a tad confused. I look back two hours later and what I was positive was ich is now gone?

Is the sand playing tricks on me or can the visible stage of ich have that short of a life? Couple of hours?

I'm no expert but I know ick does not just "come and go" unless your temp is way high like 85-90(that will kill ick) the ick would remain visible. I'd say they really like your sand :p


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Old 02-09-2015, 05:33 PM   #9
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Hmmm. My temperature is 80.

I'll do a couple extra water changes and keep an eye on them I suppose.

It was strange, I've dealt with freshwater ich before and I was sure that it was but I guess like they say, it does look like grains of sand. And I do have sand.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:43 PM   #10
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My chromis has this spot on it - it's been there a few days and I've assumed it was an injury. Any thoughts?



And my clown keeps going up to my peppermint shrimp like this?



Sorry for the worried mama bajillion questions/concerns I just want to make sure everything is A-OK.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:53 PM   #11
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Just in my experiences with ick, if you have it, you will know it...quickly. I can't say if they same is true for saltwater though.


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Yeah I agree on that with freshwater but I am new to saltwater lol.

Anyone have any thoughts on that dark spot on my chromis? (scroll up)
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Ok this fish is driving me crazy.





Gone yesterday, back tomorrow. This pic was right when I turned the lights on and this fish sleeps near the sand.

Ich or sand???
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Hard to tell from a pic honestly, but if you've seen it a couple times id assume ich. Pull the fish and treat them all with either copper or hypo salinity. No need to pull the inverts or rock out of the DT, just leave it fish less for 8-10 weeks and the ich will run its cycle.


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It still looks like sand to me tbh. But with his coloration there is something wrong with him.
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Yeah I was wondering about the coloration before any of this popped up.

Someone suggested a freshwater dip? Which probably terrifies me more than it would the fish...

Should just go with the assumption that it IS ich and treat for it?
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im not to sure.. looks like sand but you can never be to careful in this hobby.
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Yeah I was wondering about the coloration before any of this popped up.

Someone suggested a freshwater dip? Which probably terrifies me more than it would the fish...

Should just go with the assumption that it IS ich and treat for it?
Actually, when I was first getting into the hobby I had a bad ich infestation myself. Most of which affected my clowns. They were covered badly enough that I was worried they would die. A freshwater dip worked quite well on them, although the aftereffects scared me the first time. They get a little shocked by the rapid change in salinity and laid there at the bottom of the tank for a minute or so. It's not something I would suggest regularly, but I am sure it saved my clowns lives.

They are still happily swimming around 2 years later
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Ok so I go back right now and this is what I see: (I took those first pictures minutes before I posted, and these pictures just two minutes ago)





This fish is toying with me!!!
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You fish still isn't healthy. The coloration is pale in patchy areas. I'd stick with the belief of ich and that it has simply moved on into a different life stage, as we only see one of three which is the cyst phase.
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