12-28-2010, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jeaninel
Wow, that's interesting to know. I know you take every precaution with your tanks so I was curious to know the circumstances around your experience with it. Clowns seems more susceptible to ich than others. Do you think some fish can be carriers of ich harboring the pest but not showing any outward signs until at some point for some reason an outbreak occurs? That's what's so great about these forums...learning from others experiences as well as sharing your own.
The link Kymmie supplied up there... this one: The Skeptical Aquarist (thank you again, Kymmie) says that ich can be present on a fish, but unseen, so I suppose this does mean some fish can be carriers. The article says ich will usually attach itself inside the gills of scaled fish, damaging their respiratory systems, and the ich can live this way for quite some time, unnoticed. Since clowns don't really have scales, ich is more easily able to attach to their bodies and be visible to us-- which I think means that if ich is visible on clowns, the other fish in the tank are infected as well.