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post #1 of 12 Old 07-06-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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I had Ich a week back at stage 1, and my friend told me to lower salinity over a 24 hour period to 1.015 and wash the top layer of my live sand with hot water and vinegar and leave the salinity a few days, but....How long is long enough? I will be getting some non copper Ich meds in a week or so, should I raise my salinity back up the ten points in the next couple days, or leave it until I can medicate? I haven't seen any Ich since day 2 of lowering the salinity, and it's been like this 6 days now.

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-2 Calico Ryukins
-4 Ottoclinus 2 male 2 female
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 10:18 AM
i read in another post that you shouldn't use salt and medication together.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 10:26 AM
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This is a saltwater tank, correct? If so, saltwater ich and freshwater ich are two different things. I'll leave the treatment of saltwater ich to the S/W members but I recall some of the best advice I'd seen dispense was to do nothing other than to feed garlic. I would need to go hunt down Pasfur's post regarding his protocol for garlic treatment for ich. I'm a huge fan of avoiding meds if at all possible.

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post #4 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 11:07 AM
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Here's the thread I was referring to:

ich and the experienced fishkeeper

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 11:11 AM
ty aunt kymmie

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
I do feed them a home made food that contains garlic in it; I also haven't seen spots on them for a while. I guess it's safe to raise the salinity again?

33g with Eheim Canister Filter (80g) and 40g HOB
Crushed coral sand, coconut shell caves, bubblers, power head, dead liverock, mopani, russian mossballs, hornwort, tape grass, assorted nameless plants, one lucky bamboo shoot
-2 Calico Ryukins
-4 Ottoclinus 2 male 2 female
-1 Clown Pleco male
-1 Shubunkin/Comet?, Calico female
-1 SAE, female
-Malaysian Trumpet Snails, Rams horns
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 08:35 PM
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If i'm reading this correct it has only been 9 days since you last saw ich. Is this correct? I would wait a minimum of 30 days to begin raising the salinity back, and continue feeding garlic daily for a minimum of 60 days. A full 90 days is the period of time I personally use to consider any ich treatment to have been successful. The last thing you want is a false recovery only to have lingering problems with additional fish.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
The food I use has garlic in it, and that's a staple, that I feed along with some frozen blood worms and the rare treat of Mysis Shrimp. I will keep that up.

And I'd say it's closer to 14 days that this has been like this, maybe 20...

33g with Eheim Canister Filter (80g) and 40g HOB
Crushed coral sand, coconut shell caves, bubblers, power head, dead liverock, mopani, russian mossballs, hornwort, tape grass, assorted nameless plants, one lucky bamboo shoot
-2 Calico Ryukins
-4 Ottoclinus 2 male 2 female
-1 Clown Pleco male
-1 Shubunkin/Comet?, Calico female
-1 SAE, female
-Malaysian Trumpet Snails, Rams horns
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 08:45 PM
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Just stay patient. You should use the next 45 days or so to get a quarantine tank in place.
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-09-2010, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
I can't afford a quarantine tank unfortunately...Nor have the space.

33g with Eheim Canister Filter (80g) and 40g HOB
Crushed coral sand, coconut shell caves, bubblers, power head, dead liverock, mopani, russian mossballs, hornwort, tape grass, assorted nameless plants, one lucky bamboo shoot
-2 Calico Ryukins
-4 Ottoclinus 2 male 2 female
-1 Clown Pleco male
-1 Shubunkin/Comet?, Calico female
-1 SAE, female
-Malaysian Trumpet Snails, Rams horns
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