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Does anyone else really dislike ich in our tropical saltwater fish, as well? I recently added some new fish, and after a healthy bath in medication, a couple of my fish still came down with it. The most obvious of Ich's victims is my new "Midnight" Tang. You may be wondering and asking yourself; What in the Earthly Reef's World is a "Midnight" tang... well... he's a fish trafficking victim. I rescued him in the middle of the night, in South Florida. Right around Midnight, actually, I think. He's had a tough journey, ripped from the confines of the large waters while still young, and transported 1/2 way across the world. Word on the street has it; this soul rode the midnight train from Madagascar. Neither the Sultan nor Abu intervened, he didn't get to rub the lamp, didn't get 3 wishes. (Picture courtesy of the Nairobi News; showing where the worst of the plague outbreaks are.. from 2017 - YIKES) Now when we acclimate; my typical fish acclimation is over 12-18 hours, as raising the salinity up from 1.014-1.1016(incoming fish) to normal tank operating salinity of 1.024-1.025 takes a serious toll on the livestock if done too quickly, however in anticipation for this soul, I lowered my systems salinity down to 1.018/9, and been bringing the tank back up slowly as a whole. During the acclimation process we medicate with Metro(Metronidazole) & Prazi(Praziquantel) - we leave the fish in until they tell us no more, duration varies by species, but they all express "no more, we READY!" the same way... not for the faint of heart. <more in part 2, later today>
Hi all. I am firing up my reef tank again and need help. I used to be heavy into reef tanks growing soft and hard coral and collecting with gnats and shipping out of m i a. I used to have a great set up with all the bells and whistles. Back in the day 1990 ,v h o with two full spectrum metal halide, iwaki pumps, solar dimmer from nitch engineering and a visit from Bill Potter the original owner dentrifier skimmer Chiller Etc. I used to be a member of the South Florida marine aquarium Society in Miami. I have a buddy that lives in Miami that I used to collect with that keeps bugging me to get the tank setup as he hits the keys quite a bit and wants to bring over stuff. I know a lot has changed specifically one of them the lighting. I'm psyched about the new LEDs as it will cost a lot less and run a lot cooler allow me to not have to run a chiller. I've been very busy with life and now have a bit of time to to fire the system up again. If anyone wants to contact me please reply to this thread and will exchange numbers end email. Now that I'm getting my tank setup I would like to be actively involved with the group as I was on the other coast. The final straw was when my son threw a stuffed fish in my empty 90 gallon, and said there we have fish LOL. Thank you for any help and suggestions you may offer me. Thank you A.K. Miller