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Old 08-24-2008, 09:37 AM   #11
 
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Sunday Aug 24, 10 days later...
The white spots have been gone for the last 7 days or so. I have continued to feed garlic one feeding per day. There is a slight imperfection on one pec fin, which i continue to watch daily. Still no medication being added.
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Old 08-31-2008, 06:46 AM   #12
 
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Sunday, Aug 31st...

I first spotted ich 28 days ago. It has been 7 days since my last post. I had not added any medication and have taken absolutely no action to remove the ich, other than feeding garlic supplemented pellets daily.

It has currently been 14 days since I saw the last spot on my Coral Beauty Angel. I have seen no behavior from the Coral Beauty to suggest it still has ich. I have seen no signs of ich from any of the other fish.
I will consider my aquarium to be ich free after 90 days from last sighting.

For those who are interested, the garlic pellets are Ocean Nutrition Formula Two Marine Pellet. The pellets float on the surface for about 10 seconds and then sink slowly. They are small enough in size that my Six Line Wrasse eats them easily. Here is a link to the food:
http://www.google.com/products?q=oce...num=1&ct=title
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:20 PM   #13
 
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September 30th...

45 days spot free. 45 to go.

Again, no medicine was used. No temperature or salinity change. Just garlic feedings.
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:28 PM   #14
 
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Does garlic feeding in the treatmeant of Ick pertain to saltwater fish only?
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:53 PM   #15
 
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71 days spot free...

I have no information regarding the feeding of garlic to freshwater fish. Freshwater ich is a different parasite than Marine "ich", so I won't even offer a guess.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:58 AM   #16
 
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still no spot? i hope not. why didn't you do a freshwater dip? i hear it's suppose to work well, but as long as it's working. Got any progress pics?
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:06 AM   #17
 
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still no spot? i hope not. why didn't you do a freshwater dip? i hear it's suppose to work well, but as long as it's working. Got any progress pics?
I tried for 30 minutes to get some pics of that fish. It thinks the camera is its greatest natural predator. So, no progress pics of the ich battle. I will, however, post pics of the overall reef in another thread. I has been 6 months, so time for some update pics.

As to freshwater dips, I have used them a number of times in the past and I still would for some fish. I think large sturdy fish, such as Puffers, Triggers, Groupers, etc... they tend to tolerate the dips well. I would not be opposed to a dip on these species.

But I have not seen the same result with Butterflys, Angels, and Tangs. The stress of the event outweighs the benefits, in my opinion. The dip is a very stressful event for a fish, and I think reducing stress is a key to fighting any disease.
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:00 PM   #18
 
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good call, i don't know how i'd feel about losing one of those fish. i've heard many dipping clams too and i can't imagine that doesn't hurt or shorten thier live by just a bit, but i don't have a clam (yet) so i don't really know.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:11 AM   #19
 
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Final progress post: I have reached 95 days without spots. I am now free to add fish without concern of ich remaining in my system.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:55 AM   #20
 
awesome progress report. im new to salt water aquarium and i know for a fact i will suffer this problem. but at least now im one thread more knowledgable on to how to treat this problem when i run accross it. thanks!!
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