kill ich parasite and marine velvet oodinium parasite in saltwater aquarium with no chemicals. If saltwater fish are dying, sluggish, hiding, slow, lethargic, you may have ich, marine velvet or oodinium parasite in your aquarium. Use seachem cupramine coppper and quarantine tank to kill the ich parasite and marine velvet in your reef tank aquarium. ich and marine velvet in reef tank kill fish fast. it's a parasite. this is an update to my ich problem and how I killed the parasite.
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My water was great but I was losing a fish each day for no reason. They were gasping for air, hanging out at the surface or hiding. There is no more ich in my tank. Follow these steps to see what I did to get rid of ich for good! This is the only thing that works! My 75 gallon tank is ich free. You must quarantine all your fish in a hospital tank, leaving your main display tank fallow, or, fish free for a minimum of 6 weeks. 8-10 weeks is recommended. The cycle of the nasty ich parasite is 4 weeks from research, but this is uncertain. Could be a lot more. The best and only treatment is to dose your hospital / quarantine tank with copper and leave them there, in that tank, with no live rock or sand. Just fish and pvc pipe to give them a place to hide. Algae will buildup on the pvc as well, which is good. You can cycle your quarantine tank by rinsing any mechanical filtration from your display tank in the quarantine tank. I like to keep a new sponge to use in my quarantine tank, in my display tank's sump, so beneficial bacteria builds up on it.
When I need to setup a quarantine / hospital tank, I take the sponge out and put it in my quarantine / hospital tank, which will cycle it very fast...some say instantly. It is recommended to let this tank run at least a week or two in order to get beneficial bacteria and algae to grow. I didn't wait that long when I saved my fish, because they were dying due to the ich in my main tank. It's been 5 months in the display tank after quarantine for 5 weeks and my fish are all great. NO MORE ICH! good luck!
If you notice that your tang, despite your best efforts, is showing signs of infestation or any other ailment, you are advised to respond quickly.
If you observe these white spots, quickly remove the fish to a quarantine tank for treatment. If you observe the white spots on all of your fish, you will need to remove them all from your aquarium for a period of about one month. Leaving the tank fallow for this length of time, should break the life cycle of the parasite and prevent future outbreaks once your fishes are returned to the tank.
· Treatment of the affected fish usually involves some or all of the following procedures:
· Freshwater dips dosed with methylene blue plus formalin
· Lowering specific gravity (hyposalinity = 1.010-1.013) of the quarantine tank
· Continuous exposure for at least 28 days to 0.15 to 0.20 ppm copper, although copper in and of itself can have long-term negative effects
· Antibiotic feeding (preventative against secondary infection)
There are several other protozoan infestations of which the marine aquarist should be aware. They are Amyloodinium ocellatum (sometimes called marine velvet disease) and two additional ciliate protozoans, Brooklynella hostiles (sometimes called anemonefish disease) and Uronema marinum (often called uronema). All three of these can affect tangs, and all can be devastating to your system if not treated quickly. All three infestations present in roughly the same way (skin damage, rapid breathing, rubbing on rocks and substrate, and extreme lethargy) and are the results of very similar parasitic organisms with almost identical life cycles. All are commonly treated with the same procedures.
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