Let me first start by saying hello! I haven't had fish in a long time and recently decided to get back into the salt water world about a month ago with a little 29 gal tank. I'm hoping someone can help me with some concerns regarding Ich and my little false percula clown (as well as the rest of the tank). Here is my info:
Tank: Marineland Instant Ocean 29 gal kit
Filtering system: In-Hood BioWheel
In Tank: Two clowns(one false percula and one black and white false percula), one cardinal, two shrimp, live rock, one hermit crab, one snail.
Substrate: large coral gravel
Amount of time tank has been set up: Aprox. 5 weeks
Yesterday, I noticed a small amount of Ich on my false percula clown (tiny white dots on dorsal fin and tail). I was going to remove the shrimp and live rock and medicate the main tank but when I got home from work the spots seemed to be getting better. I raised the tank temp to 80F (per recommendation of fish store clerk) and this morning there only appears to be one small spot on his tail. I will see how he is when I get home from work today but am putting off medicating anything unless it gets worse.
I have been reading a lot about UV filter sterilization to kill some bacteria as well as Ich in the water and prevent future problems. I would like to try it but am not sure how I could hook something like that up with the hood filtering system that I have. I'm very limited on edge space around the top of the tank as there are only a couple small cut out areas on the hood that I could feed wires from a heater etc. through. I found some UV Filters that are submersible in the tank which would be perfect, but they are a pretty low wattage and I read that to kill Ich, I would need a minimum of a 15Watt UV and a water flow of 75 gph. I'm having trouble finding one with a higher wattage than 7 or 9 watts.
Also, the biological filter is still technically being established since the tank is still pretty new and I don't want to kill the good bacteria I need to break down the nitrites.
Does anyone have any experience with UV filters and any suggestions on hooking one up in my type of tank?
Thanks for reading and sorry for the long-winded post.
Have a great day!