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  1. I did a stupid. Ich?

    The real suck of it all is that ich can come in on anything - as people have noted. The spores can rest on rocks, corals, gravel, whatever. The only way to truly be safe is to QT/Treat all incoming fish and then keep all new corals etc. in a fallow tank for the full 74 days, which sucks.
  2. I did a stupid. Ich?

    Definitely a lot of methods and ideas on how best to handle ich. I spent the past year looking for every possible cure before I finally went fallow. There are a lot of very smart, very helpful people in the world who have spent years working on various ideas to handle ich safely. If you could invent a reef safe cure for ich and dinos you'd be a millionaire! It just doesn't exist. Lots and lots of products claim to work, but if you dig deep into the experiences people have, you'll see that these products are mostly snake oil. Garlic helps stimulate hunger, which is great for fish that aren't feeling 100% and thus might not eat. By helping them eat you're giving them more fire power to fight ich, but just for the sake of conversation - the garlic itself doesn't do anything as far as treating or eliminating ich. I absolutely add garlic to food anytime the fish have any issue whatsoever. It definitely can't hurt. The benefit is that a stronger/healthier fish is more likely to suppress ich, and garlic works towards that. I think there are all sorts of anecdotal cures and preventative techniques and I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from trying whatever they want but for the sake of pushing people to learn more - I'd just caution that garlic isn't an alternative to true treatment options. Not to say it doesn't help...
  3. I did a stupid. Ich?

    hi - sorry, I'm a bit confused. I'm sure your plan is good. Just remember - the water, rocks, inverts need to be somewhere fallow for 74 days. So if you move fish to the tote and then put everything in the new tank and let it wait - perfect. Cupramine is effective in 14 days I believe.
  4. I did a stupid. Ich?

    White dots on the fish is most likely ich. Velvet would be the other possibility but it's probably ich if he's not dead. I've heard velvet can hide for a couple weeks, but a month seems like a long time to wait for velvet. I'm absolutely no expert, though. You don't need to do copper and hypo - just one works, and I've always had great luck with Cupramine. Just remove all of the substrate/rock from the QT (assuming you have other biological filtration handy - like foam pads from main tank etc). The key to Cupramine is keeping it in the effective window, so get a test kit - the Seachem test kit is the one that works with cupramine. Here's the bad news - assuming it's ich, which I am, it's in your main tank 100%. Every fish now has it - whether or not they are showing symptoms. It's possible no other fish will ever show spots, or they all could. As long as there are fish in the tank, the ich is there. Any new fish will probably come down with it - as they will be more stressed etc. Many people opt to just ignore it and see how it goes. That's certainly an option that you can go with, as the only way to treat the tank is to go fallow (assuming you have inverts). So to fully cure the tank you'd have to take the fish out and leave it fallow for 74 days. That will suck - But - the good side of that is you could then restart the tank 100% ich free and properly QT everything before putting them in the tank. Even if your current fish don't show symptoms, you're going to have it pop up again at some point. So just biting the bullet now is something to consider.
  5. Intervention Needed

    I need someone to please convince me that there's no reason to fill up the empty 180g that's sitting in my garage. Thanks in advance.
  6. Intervention Needed

    Well - unfortunately I'm out of the salt game. Just nobody else in town to talk to about aquariums than you guys. I'd fill it up with 12 wild caught Kitumba Frontosas. Anybody keep a big tank in their garage? I'm thinking about it, but I imagine the heating bill would be crazy. I can't heat the garage, so it would be a 300w heater on at all time. Maybe two.
  7. Cichlids for sale

    So is that bucco sold?
  8. Cichlids for sale

    Also interested in the bucco if pdxmonkey skips it. Any other full grown or colored up males? Post pics? Off topic - but would anybody be interested in F1 mobas? I'm considering setting up a breeding tank with a spare 180 I have. Curious what the market would be.
  9. C&C Livestock Credit

    I've got $250 in live stock credit at cuttlefish. Thinking $200 is a good deal for it. Save yourself some money!
  10. C&C Livestock Credit

    Been out of town for a bit - and no return to PM's....so if someone wants this thing just make me an offer.
  11. C&C Livestock Credit

    Yup. I asked when I got it. Jeff, as always, is very awesome and very helpful. The worst part of tearing down my tank is that I don't go to the store every Sunday now. When I do go in it just makes me want to set up a new tank.
  12. I just got this little magnetic lab spinner and it's super fun to test with. Way easier. For this test I have to go one drop at a time and shake...to measure general hardness of a freshwater tank. It's normally a PITA. This thing made it super easy...highly recommend.
  13. Magnetic Lab Spinner = Fun Testing

    That one is cool - nice that it's portable. I need that size spinning thing also, much easier.
  14. Magnetic Lab Spinner = Fun Testing

    BTW - the noise is from the little magnet they sent with the unit. It's too big so it rattles on the glass. I'm ordering a few smaller ones.
  15. Koran Angel with fin deterioration and lumps

    Lots of smart people here but you should also post over on reef2reef. There are a couple of straight up illness experts who can probably help. Not to take away from anyone here, but might be worth it.
  16. Foran 2 with cupramine

    Water change and re-dose the new water with cupramine to keep in range. That's totally ok and actually helpful since everyone likes cleaner water. Just do the math on what your new water needs and drop in cupramine to Match display.
  17. Got a bunch of real reef rock. It's that man made purple live rock stuff. I had it in my tank for 18 months but it's been dry for a couple weeks now. Not sure anout pounds. But it's a good pile. $50 sounds pretty reasonable. Ne Portland.
  18. Fs: pile of real reef rock

    I'll take $40!
  19. First coral dip....and stuff that came off

    Just a bristle worm and an asterina star. Neither is going to cause you problems - the bristle worms are good little tank cleaners, but can get out of hand if the conditions are right. Also, don't touch 'em. It hurts. Those are all fairly common hitchhikers that are [language filter] near impossible to avoid...but again, not a real problem either.
  20. Fs: pile of real reef rock

    Yeah it blends in really nice and it's a great alternative to actual live rock. I've added a few more boulders to the pile (pulled out of sump). Still available and ready to go.
  21. These are the last corals that I've got and I need to break the tank down. I can't get them off the rock, so I'm just going to give the rock away. One on the left is a rock flower on a big 10-15pound rock. The one on the right is a bunch of green zoa growing on a 10pounder. Then a bit in the middle is an orange encrusting coral I can't remember the name of. There will be some asterina stars on these rocks...maybe a bristle worm or star...but all rock has been in my tank for 18months so very much alive. Need gone ASAP - NE portland. 100% free. Bring a bucket. Let me know.
  22. FREE - Bit of coral on big rock

    There are first dibs on it all now. I'll post again if those fall through. Thanks all. I didn't want to have to kill these corals.
  23. Radion Tank Mount

    I've got a tank mount for Radions ready to go if you need one. I switched over to the hanging rail system, so I don't need the tank mount any longer. $50 Takes it home - NE Portland.
  24. FS: Harlequin Shrmip

    I got this guy a few months ago to help with a little asterina star problem. Now I have no more asterina stars.... $15? NE Portland But you gotta have stars in the tank, or a willingness to feed him stars. These guys don't eat anything else.
  25. Corals are (mostly) out. So now I can start stripping down the equipment. Here's what I can have ready first...shoot me a text with any questions (512-731-7609) EQUIPMENT: APEX Gold (Classic): $400 - Has all probes including an additional temp probe. APEX EB8: Few months old: $120 (Holding) MP40 QD: 18months old: $250 Deltec 1455: year old $375 (this thing is super quiet, pulls great. Deltec is fantastic) Emperor 40W UV: 9months old: $250 (will need new bulb in a few months as per their replacement guidelines) To run it I've also got a variable speed EHEIM Pump w/ all connections built in: $50 TUNZE 3155: $125 (Holding) Three BRS 1.1 Dosers: $40 each (One is a few months old. The other two are 18 months old.) SUPPLIES: Testing Supplies: $100 -Hannah Phosphate with 15 or so powder packets: -Red Sea Testing (very full on all. At least 80% on each. Maybe 20 tests total from each ever): Nitrate, phosphate, MG (expired but still works fine), PH, ALK, Cal, -Copper Test kit (only used for 10 tests give or take) Unopened Kent Kalk 500g: $10 Unopened Fritz: 35 (Holding) LIVE ROCK: I've got probably 80 pounds of rock. It's a mixture of base rock and real reef rock that was all in my tank for the full 18 months. I've got some asterina stars, a few bristle worms, and some vermetid snails. So if that doesn't matter to you then let me know. Or I might just nuke it and sell it as dry rock. Either way.