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Old 03-05-2010, 10:55 AM   #101
 
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No I do not have a QT. I have an 8 gallon Eclipse that I can get up and running pretty fast, but that will not be good for 5 fish particularly the Wrasse. I'm pretty much stuck with having to do all efforts in the main tank. I will lower the salinity and see what that does. Also would a temp change help? Does Ich need high temps to survive or lower temps? I could raise the temp gradually or lower it depending on the hurts the Ich more. The UV was added last night so hopefully that helps also.
How much water will I need to take out of my 72 in order to lower the salinity from the current 1.024?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:18 AM   #102
 
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You will do a series of small water changes, taking 5-10% of the water out and replacing it with freshwater (5% would not be as aggressive as 10%). Do this over the course of the next week. This should get your salinity down to 1.016 (it might take a day or two, more or less). When the water is down to 1.016, I have heard that small water changes are necessary to pull out the free-swimming ich (I do not know how true or accurate that is). Either way, I would keep the salinity in that range for the better part of a month, at the end of which you will increase the salinity in the same manner. Change 5-10% of the water daily with 1.026 water until you are back at your desired range.

About the increasing of the water temperature. I have heard that increased water temperature will speed up the life cycle of the ich parasite. I do not know if I would subject the already stressed fish to higher water temperatures than 80-82 degrees, but that is up to you.

Start running that UV as it will kill a lot of the free-swimming ich parasite, which will help in controlling the issue.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:00 PM   #103
 
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EDIT: I want to edit the (it should take a day or two, more or less)

I wanted this to mean that it might take a day or two longer than a week, or maybe just 5 or 6 days.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:04 PM   #104
 
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I agree with Wake on everything above.

In terms of doing water changes, they will be most effective at removing unhatched parasites from the surface of the substrate. If you do this, just a small daily change, from just above the substrate, moving all over the bottom of the tank, without siphoning the substrate. In theory, this can lessen the severity of the next infection as the life cycle progresses.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:15 PM   #105
 
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I took out about 6 gal or 8% for the first change and it lowered the salinity to 1.020. I will only do 3 gal or 5% each day from now on. After this I will have tried averything possible and will just have to see what happens.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:53 AM   #106
 
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How are things going with the hyposalinity treatment?
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #107
 
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I have it down to about 1.0175 -1.018. I think that I will have it down to 1.016 with tonights change. So far there does not seem to be any improvement but it is also no worse.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:42 AM   #108
 
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there does not seem to be any improvement but it is also no worse.
When fighting ich, that is an improvement! I think things will turn around very soon. You have a pretty heavy infestation, so it is a good sign that they are not getting worse. Move it on down to 1.015.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:29 AM   #109
 
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What a difference a day or two makes in the fish business. I lost the Blue Tang this morning. He was the most infected by far, so I'm not sure if that is good or bad. Good if he was a source for the ich to continue and bad if the ich will move to another host/fish. I'm still concerned about these little white, hard dots that keep growing on my tank glass and rocks. Does ich start off looking like this as eggs or is this just normal and harmless, because I'm getting more of it.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:26 PM   #110
 
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You can't see ich "eggs". They are to small. I suspect you are seeing what is the beginning of coraline algae growth that never sets in.
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