URGENT Is ich harmful to coral?
I had recently got into coral ,with a couple button polyp colonies..about a month ago..their doing great.a couple days ago I bought a toadstool mushroom..it also looks to be doing ok, but last week I had bought a naso tang and today I noticed some white spots near his tail..still eating and is very active..Now unfortunatly I had problems with ich in the past and it pretty much wiped out everything I had...about 7 months ago..I didnt have coral then.My question is..Is ich harmful to coral? any help would be great, thx
thanx for your help...I was told the same thing at the local petstore about medicating with coral..so I managed to catch the tang and I have him in a 10 gal quar.tank..and Im treating him with organi-cure..lets hope it works!..the rest of the fish in the main tank arent showing any signs of ich so im hoping I caught him in time
You probably didn't catch him in time. The white spots are not the actual parasite. The white spots are a thick mucus coat secreted by the fish in an effort to remove the hosts. The mucus is white and forms over the spot where the parasite has hosted. This is not normally discussed because it is irrelevant, but the white spots are a symptom of ich, not actually the ich itself. Generally the spots only show when the parasite has reached an adult size, which makes it highly likely that the disease is further advanced that you realize.
Is it possible to remove all fish from the display for 90 days? This would certainly eliminate the Crypto infestation.
For the Tang, I would also suggest raising the temperature slowly in the treatment tank to 86 F. The parasites can not survive at this temperature. A period of 10 days should suffice. You will need to add several airstones to increase oxygen levels during this time.
Also, see my thread on the use of garlic:
What other fish are in the display tank?
I had a problem with ich and a hippo tang about three months ago, and I treated with Garlic additive for about seven weeks. Now my tang and the rest of my tank remain healthy, with no sign of ich.
One pet chain around here sold me Pimafix, which almost destroyed my entire tank. I did a 75% water change, and started the garlic treatment the next day. It worked! I also did weekly water changes of about 10% and kept a close eye on my levels.
I hope this helps.
thanx again for everyones help...I could put the rest of the fish in the 10 Gal quar. tank with the tang but it would be awfully crowded,because I also have a cinnamon clown,3 blue demsels,2 domino demsils and a fuzzy dwarf lionfish.Im wondering if it would be a good idea to add them all to a little 10 gal.also, would raising the temp to 86 degrees harm any of these other fish are would they all survive that heat?..I took a really good look at the main tank occupants this morning and I can't see any signs of ich what so ever, and the tang seems to be clearing right up..Im frustrated because the previuos times I encountered an ich problem eveything started dying off within 2 days..and within a week the entire tank was killed..Im wondering if I could have possibly mistakingly diagnosed whatever those white spots were for ich?..not likely, I know, but at this point everything still looks good..unlike the last time i had this problem..anyways Im going to start a garlic diet tommorow on both tanks,Im going to raise the temp to 86 degrees for the tang and I'll continue to keep a close eye on the main tank..as soon as I see trouble I will have to squeeze them all into the 10 gal to medicate..Im going to try and post some pics also to maybe give you guys a better idea of what im looking at..I'll keep you'se posted and thanx again for all the help.
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