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Silver-tipped Shark sick? Acting strange
Old 08-18-2009, 05:59 PM   #11
 
Well, the shark died while I was at work today. Interestingly, so did one of my rams, though he had no signs of ick at all and seemed to be acting normally (though I did notice that he was sitting on the bottom this morning when I got up.) I stopped on the way home at a very well respected fish store in town and talked to the owner. He said if there are no currently infected fish in the tank it might not be a good idea to treat for it, since it may just make the ick stronger. He thinks that the ram dying at the same time was probably just a coincidence (or a different cause entirely), since he didn't show any signs of ick. He also said he wasn't too concerned about the other fish, since the shark is scaleless and is more susceptible to ick to begin with. He said ick is always there to some extent and there's not much you can do to really get completely rid of it.
I did a water change and will keep an eye on everyone to make sure they keep looking healthy.
I also re-arranged it, so once the dust settles, I will take another video for you all.
What do you think about the advice he gave? These guys really know their stuff, so I'll be disappointed if this advice was really off target.
Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:17 PM   #12
 
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Sorry to hear the shark did not make it.

I have heard of cases where dead fish where examined under a microscope, and ick was present even though they showed no visual signs to the human eye.

No reason to put them under the stress of ick treatment yet, but do keep a close eye on them for awhile. Any water quality problems or health issues can make them vulnerable to an ick infection.
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