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crazy4condy 04-01-2009 01:40 PM

Ich ridden tank...will just fallowing work???
New to saltwater. I love it!! However, I just lost my maroon clownfish and rusty angelfish to ich :cry:. I set up a quarantine tank (yes I learned about quaratine the hard way) and managed to save my two damselfish (fresh water dip and copper treatment). I have fallowed my main tank of fish (I still have my chocolate chip starfish and anemone in there). I plan on leaving it without fish for 6 weeks. I'm still performing maintenance as usual.

Has anyone had success with just fallowing?? I don't want to return my fish to the tank after 6 looong weeks and then find out I have to start all over b/c the parasite is still in my main tank. I have read about UV sterilizers, etc. I am thinking about getting an cleaner shrimp (I read they eat parasites).

Any advice. Thank you!!

Pasfur 04-01-2009 05:54 PM

Although you have heard 6 weeks probably from a number of sources, I would be much more comfortable if you waited a full 90 days prior to introducing the fish back to the display.

I personally am a huge believer in UV Sterilizers and never run a marine aquarium without one. They pay for themselves as added insurance against the spread of disease.

I would highly recommend that you take the Damsels back to the LFS. It is a rare aquarium that goes long periods of time without the Damsels acting up and causing problems. RARE.

crazy4condy 04-01-2009 10:56 PM

Any UV sterilizers you would recommend? I have a 40 gal...


Pasfur 04-02-2009 06:10 PM

Advantage UV Hang-On UV Sterilizers | UV Sterilizers | UV Sterilizers | Aquarium -

There are several designs that will work. The one I linked above is very simple. Just be sure to replace the bulb every year. You will also need a small powerhead to pump the water. I would use a slow flow rate for maximum exposure time. A MaxiJet 250 would do the trick.

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