Ich

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  1. BenL

    BenL Astrea Snail

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    I have 3 hermit crabs and a starfish. Can I just take them out and treat the fish with copper for ich?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No, you should never use copper in the display. The gravel/substrate and rock will absorb it and you'll have a tough time keeping a therapeutic level. After treatment you would not be able to use the rock and substrate again as copper is extremely toxic to inverts.
     
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    You're welcome.

    What has ich and how severly and for how long?
     
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    I had a long nosed butterfly fish that recently died from ich... I wanted to get rid of the ich so the other fish don't die. 1-2 weeks
     
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    I'm trying a water change right now.
     
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    http://www.3reef.com/forums/fish-diseases/life-cycle-marine-ich-96343.html#.Uwqp-oUcHIU

    Since that thread has been posted two other options are available one being the transfer method.

    Marine Ich - Myths and Facts

    The above thread is important to choosing the right treatment.

    This one is very good as well.
    Marine Ich/Cryptocaryon irritans - A Discussion of this Parasite and the Treatment Options Available, Part I by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com

    You can not treat or eradicate the parasite unless you understand the life cycle and proven treatments.