is treatment working? sick of not knowing..

Discussion in 'Diseases' started by WALLY89, Oct 15, 2008.

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  1. schackmel

    schackmel Giant Squid

    Jun 4, 2008
    St. Louis
    I have never used copper...but have had good success with hypo conditions. Ick can not survive in water below 1.020 to 1.021. That is why it is recommended that you bring it down to 1.019. You will actually see those cysts pop right open.

    Again....I dont know about copper. I will not treat with it. Have heard to many bad things about it and have had good results with FW dips and hypo conditions so I can not say if you can do the 2 together

    If you do go hypo...make sure you have a refractometer and that you go slowly as to not shock the fish too much. They can tolerate the drop better then the increase but I have always done mine over a day or two.

    When you put everything back into display tank...get a cleaner shrimp. That blue tang will more then likely develop it again....they stress very easy and get ick at a drop of a hat, esp when they are young!

    Good luck
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  3. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

    Jul 9, 2008
    Chesterfield, VA
    from what ive been reading the salinity of the water changes the concentration of the copper in the water. you are definately not suppose to do hypo with it but it doesn't seem you have to keep your salinity all the way at 1.025, i would still lower the salinity to around 1.021 slowly over a couple of days and all the while observing the fish to make sure the copper isnt harming it. I think hypo probably would have been better then copper but its too late now.
    when doing hypo your suppose to lower the salinity to 1.010-1.013
  4. WALLY89

    WALLY89 Astrea Snail

    Oct 15, 2008
    Omro, WI
    well i was thinking about filling my display tank back up and not useing any more copper. well i was thinking about just putting them back in my display tank and lowering the salinity in there since i have not used copper in there..