cycle hospital tank update?

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  1. Bruce PSL FL

    Bruce PSL FL Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Ok I have heard both sides-
    that QT doesn't need to be cycled as the medications will kill off the bacteria anyway- others say to cycle it
    :help:

    my blue tang appears to have ick and my QT was just set up yesterday
     
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  3. mikejrice

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    It really depends on what type of treatment you have planned. If you're medicating with something that is going to require frequent water changes, than I wouldn't bother cycling it, but if not, I would add some type of bio-filtration. It's true that most meds will kill bacteria, but from what I've noticed, a tank with active bio-filtration will do better than a sterile one even after the addition of medication.
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Get an ammonia alert badge, feeding sparingly, use the right copper testing kit, do water changes as indicated so have water made up and ready. Expect to be doing small water changes frequently and adjusting the copper levels.

    With all that said, it's all for nothing unless your run the DT fallow.
     
  5. Reef4life

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    I used Dr Tims Nitrifying bacteria and it has worked wonders... I was a bit skeptical at first but I have nothing but great experiences with it
     
  6. Bruce PSL FL

    Bruce PSL FL Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    well here is my next question, I've had the hippo 1 1/2 weeks, I was out of town over the weekend and I came back Sunday and noticed a few small dots on him. He still eats pig a pig and swimming all over the tank, do I pull him or let him be? I have been feeding mysis soaked in selco, green algae sheets soaked as well ?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    If you're not going to treat all the fish and leave the tank fallow then as long as the Tang looks fine and is eating fine I would not pull the fish.
     
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  9. Reef4life

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    Sooo maybe I am lost but your hippo is in the DT? or in the QT?
     
  10. Bruce PSL FL

    Bruce PSL FL Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    hippo in the dt- as my qt was not set up yet
     
  11. Reef4life

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    Coralline is as usual right... unless you are willing to pull all ur fish from the tank to QT and treat them then the only benefit I would see in pulling him is to treat him and give him some quick relief, but once he goes back in the system he will more than likely get infected once more.
     
  12. Todd_Sails

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    I feel kind of left out, or that I"m missing something also.

    I never ever 'soaked' any foods in anything. I have one very healthy, fairly large Blue/Royal/Hippo Tang.

    I agree with Corraline also, leave him be. If you have a large enough UV filter, it MAY help some also.

    I onlce saw a few white spots on my fish like a CB angel, and it turned out to by some type of pod that he picked up along the way swimming thru the rock channels in my DT.

    Make sure it's actually ich.

    You also mentioned that the fish was 10 days old to you-
    I assuming you did not Quarantine? You can get away with it, but it's a great idea to QT every fish and dip every coral before adding to the DT.

    You Added a fish w/o a QT period- so if he had some critters somewhere in their lifecycle- you may have now just infected your Tank and other fish too.

    Good luck.

    And once he's sick, it's now called a HT or hospital tank bascially

    Let us know what happens