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Old 01-19-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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saltwater ich


my blue hippo tang has saltwater ich and the guy at my lfs told me to give him a freshwater dip. so i did but it didn't look like it did much good. he still has the spots all over him and now he is rubbing up against the rock. He's still eating though. He seems to be the only one in the tank that has it. Did he get it because I just changed his enviorment about a week ago?(meaning when I bought him)
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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my blue hippo tang has saltwater ich and the guy at my lfs told me to give him a freshwater dip. so i did but it didn't look like it did much good. he still has the spots all over him and now he is rubbing up against the rock. He's still eating though. He seems to be the only one in the tank that has it. Did he get it because I just changed his enviorment about a week ago?(meaning when I bought him)
get him out and quarantine him right away
you dont want the others in the tank to get it
I am a strong believer in quarantine.
If you cant do that then drop the salinity to 1.009 over the next 2 days.
I wouldnt wait for your other fish to get it.
If you have corals I would be careful about dropping salinity
buy the way how long did you freshwater dip?
Dipping is a bandaide not a cure
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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close to 4 min.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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how do i change the salinity? i don't have a qt to put him in because i never new i would need one when i started the hobby. will changing the salinity kill my invertabrates? I don't have coral yet but was planning on building one a little bit at a time.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:51 PM   #5
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Yes, hypo will kill your inverts. Best bet for you at this stage of the game, since I bet your LFS failed to tell you about buffering the pH of the FW for the dip, you added even more stress to the fish...

Is to keep your fish eating. Try soaking your food in garlic (either a supplement from the LFS or I use 100% garlic paste from the grocery store. Place food in saucer, add a little garlic paste and a little RO water. Let sit for a few minutes, drain water and feed) to stimulate its appetite and hope the fish is strong enough to fight it on its own.

Otherwise welcome to TRT, sit back and do a lot of reading here. You'll be a pro in no time. The best way of learning about stuff like ich, is living through it
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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is this blue hippo in your 29 gallon?
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:09 AM   #7
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Oh I hope not.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:42 AM   #8
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I agree with Hop. Try not to stress out the fish anymore than you have to. All my tangs got ich a few weeks back and I was panICHing, All I did was feed them well and used Garlic and Selcon. I kept my hands out of the tank and let them be for a week and they all recovered. My blue hippo did not lose the ich as fast as the other, they seem a bit more prone to ICH. all is good now, but I know the ich is still in the tank and may strike again.

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Old 01-20-2008, 12:49 AM   #9
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29g for a tang is asking for trouble. A fresh water dip will not work long term. Shame on your lfs if they said it was OK. Anyway, there are many treatments but all the good ones are either based on providing a large tank and great feeding or treating in QT with copper or lowdering SG.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:06 AM   #10
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Yes, hypo will kill your inverts. Best bet for you at this stage of the game, since I bet your LFS failed to tell you about buffering the pH of the FW for the dip, you added even more stress to the fish...

Is to keep your fish eating. Try soaking your food in garlic (either a supplement from the LFS or I use 100% garlic paste from the grocery store. Place food in saucer, add a little garlic paste and a little RO water. Let sit for a few minutes, drain water and feed) to stimulate its appetite and hope the fish is strong enough to fight it on its own.

Otherwise welcome to TRT, sit back and do a lot of reading here. You'll be a pro in no time. The best way of learning about stuff like ich, is living through it
I agree! My hippo loved the chopped garlic straight from the jar. Before you buy any more stuff it would prob be a good idea to run it past the knowledgeable folks here at trt. They have saved me a ton of money as well as a ton of heart aches.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:41 AM   #11
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Interesting that you guys say dip is not a cure. I realize ick has a few phases and perhaps those ick bugs are free swimming now, but I in fact have on several occassions found the dip to be a complete cure. I have also used cupramine dips with great success. I think the dips are best done while the fish is still active and eating rather than waiting to long and expecting them to survive the trauma. OF course, the QT tank is always the best advice.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:42 AM   #12
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i know now i am suppose to have a qt but i didn't know about it when i started the hobby. i also didn't know about the blue hippo min. was a 55g tank till after i bought him. i do plan on upgrading to bigger tank but not till i move. so i can't use the copper because it will kill all of inverts. but what kind of garlic do i buy and how do i use it?
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:57 AM   #13
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I am very new at this also, so when I got ich in my tank my lfs suggested that I use a product called " no sick fish " this is a week long series of drops that my lfs said would be totally reef safe. It is not cheap but it worked wonders and everybody survived in the tank. I have not had any recurances.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:02 PM   #14
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thanx i'll try that
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:20 PM   #15
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hippos should be in a 6ft min tank imo
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