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Old 03/01/2020, 10:04 AM   #1
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Copper sesnsitive fish treatment for ick

When purchasing copper sensitive fish I want to quarantine fish to make sure I donít get ick in one of my display reef tanks. Will ick die in bare bottom hospital without copper after a period of time? Canít find any info to support this theory and donít want to assume and end up with ick back in displays already when for 90 days without fish to get rid of ick and definitely donít want to go thru that again.

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Old 03/01/2020, 10:39 AM   #2
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Ick will die with out a host fish in the tank after a period of time, most say as long as 76 days.

For copper sensitive fish I use chloroquine phosphate.

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Old 03/01/2020, 11:51 AM   #3
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I would do TTM (tank transfer method) for all fish.


180 gallon, 40 gallon sump, 3 250 W MH + 4 80W ATI T5's, MTC MVX 36 Skimmer, Apex controller Aquamaxx T-3 CaRx

Current Tank Info: A 2 Barred Rabbitfish, Red Head Salon, Yellow/Purple, McMaster Fairy, Possum, 2 Leopard Wrasses, Kole, & Atlantic Blue Tangs, 2 Percula Clown, 3 PJ and 1 Banggai Cardinalfish , Swallowtail, Bellus and Coral Beauty Angels
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Old 03/02/2020, 09:38 AM   #4
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Depends on what fish you're specifically talking about. I hate copper and only use Chloroquine Phosphate to treat fish for ich/velvet. Some wrasse, all pipefish and anthias don't fair well in it though

Fish are not disposable commodities, but a worthwhile investment that can be maintained and enjoyed for many years, providing one is willing to take the time to understand their requirements and needs

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Old 03/02/2020, 09:49 AM   #5
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I like hypo salinity for ich. No repeated capturing stress, like with ttm. Lowered salinity also has the benefit of making fish's work of osmoregulation easier. Plus, with no expensive medications to buy, it's cheaper.

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our desire to conquer and control everything, and walk hand in hand with Mother Nature. -Walter Adey

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Old 03/03/2020, 11:53 AM   #6
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chloroquine phosphate is the way to go! MUCH easier.

In process: 210gal, VARIOS-8 return, Kessil Lights, 80 gal sump, mp60's, and REGAL 200EXT 8" RECIRCULATING skimmer

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