12-04-2006, 06:33 PM
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You can add a cleaner wrasse, cleaner shrimp, or a blood shrimp. Will all do the job but is no guarantee that they will do the job. To fight it you have to undrstand ick, you metioned your treating the tank, the only time you can kill ick is in the baby stage when its free floating, when its on the fish its covered in a cyst that protects the parasite from everything except the metioned inverts who pick it off. Its good that your adding garlic to there food that will help them fight off the parasite, and attract them to the food to stay strong . I would also recommend buying a UV sterilizer so when this happens it will be easier to treat. What a UV sterilizer does is burn the parasite to where it cant reproduce. For now Keep making sure the fish eat, Try not to let the fish stop eating, once the fish stops eating its doomed. You can try and buy a cleaner wrasse, I had one that would pick the ick off the fish, I have a cleaner shrimp that wont clean a fish to save its life. So go with a wrasse, if you can buy a UV sterilizer to help to. When It comes to Ick in a saltwater system its hard to treat it because the best way to do it is copper and copper is bad for saltwater. When I get ick in mine I never treat w/ anything I turn my UV sterilizer on and keep the fish eating. SGood luck with it and keep us posted.