As a new reefer I am grateful for this point of view. I know how much of a rabbit hole things on forums can be, and this alleviates a lot of the stress of worrying if I'm doing the right thing. Thank you for this.
Prefer to listen to my vet who has a completely different view. He went to school for 8 years for veterinary medicine.
Ich kills fish all the time. These boards are filled with those stories. It’s pretty insane to think that fish with ich parasites are “healthy” and that confined glass boxes filled with parasites are somehow “healthy environments”
I get that many people are successful in keeping tanks with ich in them. But be honest about it. You are just managing a disease that is insanely simple to cure.
I’ve also seen tanks that managed ich for months or years and then one day They are completely wiped out by one small trigger that brings on a ich-pocalypse. That’s not healthy either.
You can’t just throw out the first part of a definition of a word and claim that sick fish are somehow “healthy” because they partially meet the things in one of the lower definitions.
Most people don’t consider a fish with marine ich as “envincing good health” just like most people wouldn’t think a dog with heartworms is “healthy” even though they might look fine. Their bodies are battling a parasitic invader in both cases.