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  1. Jacobs

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    Hello my name is Dean ,I live in Johannesburg... I am a new owner of a reef aquarium:thumbup:. I own 14 tropical aquariums ranging from 3ft to a massive 3.2m :p
    Keeping fish is my passion and therefore I started a marine aquarium...
    my aquarium is about 400L and has been running for about 2 months now...
    I started small with cheaper fish and slowly accumulated a few fish...;)
    Currently my tank has 3 green blue chromis, 3 domino's,2 fire gobies ,4 coral fish, 2 tomato clowns and a yellow tail blue damsel fish...
    I also have green pollyps and brown pollyps... :D

    I am very excited and cant wait to further my knowledge and experience with my aquarium...
    In the future I would like to have a purple tang and a regal tang also I would like a reef that is really beautiful and healthy...

    I know my water parameter,
    PH 8.4
    salinity is 1.025
    Ammonia is 0 ppm
    Nitrite is 0 ppm
    nitrate is 5 ppm ( not sure how to reduce , researched and many websites say that it is safe up to 40ppm :confused1: is this true???

    I have run into my first problem with my aquarium:nah:
    I recently purchased tomato clowns and they looked healthy...but now most of the fish have clamped fins and the clowns and damsels have white spots (Ich)... not sure how to cure this because I am not sure if it is the same as fresh water and I am worried about the corals ???
    I researched and would like more information on this topic .
    please if anyone has some remedies and reasons why this occurred any opinions will be appreciated...

    Thank you
    Dean:whistling::045:
     
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  3. mala1610

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    Post some pics ....
     
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    do you suspect that the tomato clown might be harassing the other fish i don't own a tomato clown myself but have been reading that they can be very aggressive.. if thats the case i would suggest that you should try catch the fish and give it to someone else or exchange it for something in you LFS
     
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    I found that increasing temp with marine whitespot allows the whitespot to get the upper hand on the fish as it multiplies and reinfests quicker thus wearing down fishes resistance
     
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    Thanks you for the knowledge... just wanted to know about any medicine that could help rid this Ick...
    maybe something like metholine blue??? Or malachite green???
    :) thanks
     
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    masahello

    With regards to the meds, see RiaanP's links (excellent information contained therein) that he posted (Treatment options in the "Whitespot: Know your enemy" Thread):
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    1. [FONT=&quot]Formalin and Malachite[/FONT][FONT=&quot]: You can use formalin, but with no test kits available, there is no way to ensure that you have the right dosage. But there are more risks involved with this, for me inhaling the gas and for the fish, that I cannot recommend this option at all.[/FONT] "
    Good luck and hope you overcome your whitespot outbreak!
     
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    Ich is very depressing,the only way that works 100% is to take out the fish then put into a quarantine tank,get a copper test kit,cupramine copper medication(there are other copper medication brands) treat your fish according to the water volume in QT,and let your display tank run with no fish for about 2 months to be safe.if you don't leave it fish less there will still be ich inside and when you return the fish in the DT,IF that fish get stressed you back to square one, ICH needs a host fish,if there is no fish all 3 life forms dies.Personally I tried all REEF SAFE medication(nothing works),


    NB :if your clowns are getting ICH,Tangs are a ICH magnets


    Just my opinion


    All the luck
     
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    I will second this based on personal experience! Good luck
     
  11. Jacobs

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    Thanks guys I need the luck... there are a few fish that are disease free... not sure if I should also include them in the proccess .. any opinions about this ? Should I move them out too ? Cause I think the Ick is in the first stage still?
     
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    HAve you quarantined any of the sick fish? If not, you should consider doing that ASAP.
     
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    Do all the fish otherwise the white spot will have a go at the healthy fish as they are the only hosts available
     
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    need to remove all the fish from your display for 6 weeks. Inverts and corals can stay.

    Pushing the temperature up in the fish-less display is a good idea. You speed up their live cycle and ensure that they hatch earlier. When you got no fish in there.
     
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    Hi there ...
    I moved the fish into a quarrintine tank and am treating them with cupramine which is a seachem product...

    I must how ever say that I am really greatfull for the advice and the help from Idol marine... they are great people who take time out to help you.

    Sadly I must add that I have lost some of my babies :(
    Before I moved them I lost 3 and now another 2

    Really hope I can beat this Ick
    thanks
    Dean
     
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    Sorry to hear of the losses. Now comes the patience of waiting for at least six weeks of keeping the dt empty to allow whitespot to die off. Hang in there!
     
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    Good luck! Always maintain a quarantine tank and utilise it evertime you introduce new stock.
     
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    Yeah thanks for the support :thumbup:
    need to just focus on the invertebrates and reef...
    for future reference ... how long sould I quarrintine new fish for ?

    And it really sucks looks like my fish cant beat this disiese. .. lost another 2:(
     
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    My opinion: 14 days and use the same water you use from your main tank. All rules that apply for introducing new tank mates in tropical apply in marine.

    Gradually introduce them to the tank so that they get used to the salinity, temperature and other parameters even in the quarantine tank.
    This reduces stress and prevents disease.
     
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    14 days is too short imo
    But using tank water is a really good idea I never thought of that one ! Thanks for good idea!
     
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    Absolute minimum 14 days...but the longer they are in quarantine the better.

    Agreed @ mandarinman.
     
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