My story on how i fought off ICH .. will now start QT !

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  1. Isabella rubalcaba

    Isabella rubalcaba Member

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    Hello again guys !! So heres my story, i purchased a yellow eye tang off live aquaria, and made the HUGE mistake of not QT the fish. My tank beforehand has never faced any kind of disease/etc. so anyway as i was observing the new arrival i noticed what many of us dread .. i saw a few, tiny white dots on its sides .. my heart dropped & IMMEDIATELY began feeling like i made a huge mistake, which i did. But now it was too late, the fish was in my tank & theres no way i could take the tank apart to try to catch it. So, i started googling & asking questions on what my possibilites were. I have a mixed reef tank meaning copper was out of my options. Anyway, i will continue my story as soon as i get someone reading this cause i dont want to type a huge essay for mo reason !! Lol .. i'll finish it then, but basically i was successful im fighting off the ich through .. guess .. giving my fish a HEALTHY DIET !!!!!
     

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    Maritimer Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter CTARS Member R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Healthy fish can sometimes overcome ich - especially milder infestations - but it's not "cured", as it's still in the system, hidden inside the fishes' gills, just ticking over and biding its time. New additions may have a hard time of it in that situation - it's how my tank started, before fallow . . .

    That said, sometimes it's just sand stuck to the fish's slimecoat. If it's ich, the spots should stay in the same place for three days or so before dropping away.

    ~Bruce, hoping to hear the rest of the story . . .
     
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    I really appreciate you guys adding your input ! And wow the eradicate vs manage point is SPOT on .. well, considering my limited options, i'd say my best was to just try to " manage " the ich at that point. I have no plans in adding new fish & will do my best to keep stress levels down. I wont bother using chemicals to take care of the ich since all that will do is waste my money & possibly irrtate the tank inhabitants. My tank is steady at the moment, no deaths or symptoms. Will be reporting & updating you guys on here & REALLY appreciate your guy's insight. I will continue telling the story after i get some sleep ! Had a long day lol
     
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    Moving forward, I recommend investing in either a UV or diatom filter. This will help keep the population of free swimmers down. The other half of the equation, keeping your fishes immune systems boosted, you've already figured out via nutrition.

    I also would avoid genus/species that are delicate or have thin mucous coats, as these fish can serve as reservoirs for the parasite and fuel outbreaks.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up !! Great input. However, i have a copepod population & regualry does live plankton. Wouldn't the UV wipe them out ??
     
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    Only if you have tigger pods (large red copepods) which swim in the water column.
     
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    Stay away from most tangs and angels if you wish to try ich management.
     
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