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    Help! I can't stop this!

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues' started by jandb, Apr 24, 2018.

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      Thanks. I appreciate it and that's the path I'm taking. Almost half the tank is wiped out but now it's stabilizing. Crazy that just certain species were affected and others had no problems. I would have thought the hatchets and discus would have been done but they have shown no ill effects.
       
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      Duanes, when you use bleach how do you insure it's safe to use the tank, equipment again with fish. I have my pythons and nets soaking in a bleach bath now.
       
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      Bleach will oxidize after a few days. But to be sure....there are chlorine test strips available used for measuring chlorine in swimming pools, some that measure down to 1ppm.
      There are some fish, that after having had previous exposure, develop a semi-immunity to ick, and other maladies. The problem in tanks though, is that with the limiled area of a tank, even these fish become infected over time due to the epidemic proportions in a confined space, and compared to nature, even 300 + gallons is a small space.
       
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      Makes sense. Thanks Duanes. Sorry for all he back and forth. That said after the tank is asymtomatic I don’t plan on introducing any new fish for months. Is there a timeline you feel would be safe to add fish after the current fish showing no symptoms?
       
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      6427D9AD-A132-4104-AFD7-1909062F3CA4.jpeg Here’s the lone fish that still has spots. They’re white not peppered.

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      In the last pic, it actually does look like it really is ick.
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      I wouldn't add fish for two months, although what I would suggest, is setting up a quarantine tank for any new fish, and quarantining them for two months before adding any new fish to the main tank.
      It can take that long, for any disease carried by a new fish to manifest visible symptoms
      And while in quarantine, add a little water from your main tank every day. In that way the new fish become acclimated to the tank they will go into, and just in case any pathogen your older fish have become immune to, that the new fish are not.
      A friend of mine (who runs an aquatic exhibit at a zoo), quarantines all new fish, at minimum 6 months before adding to the main display aquarium.
       
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      Thanks Duanes. Somehow I missed this post. I was going to ask the questions you answered!
       
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      Here’s one other random thought. I use 3 different pythons to clean tanks. I’ve run bleach through each one. I’m concerned a stray drop or spray from one could have contaminated another. The only access to water I have is from one laundry sink. Do you just do your best with stuff like that?
       
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      I also run bleach thru siphons that are used in infected tanks, we can only do what we can.
       
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      Just curious, what's your ph
       

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