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Using Cupramine to treat cryptocaryon irritans

Posted 03/16/2014 at 12:13 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 06:34 PM by snorvich

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For cupramine, the instructions may be a bit fuzzy. Generally folks here feel that the 0.5mg/l dose they recommend is too high and too aggressive. Try dosing at 0.35-0.40 and keep it there for the 4 week period. Also ramp up the dose slowly over 5-7 days to give the fish time to acclimate better.

Cupramine Dosing Formula / Calculator

(.381) * (strength of dose) * (gallons being treated) = mL of Cupramine to dose

Example: (.381) * (.5mg/L) * (10.5 gallons) =
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Diagnosis of Problems in Marine Fish

Posted 03/11/2014 at 12:14 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 06:35 PM by snorvich

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Diagnosis of Problems

Tiny white dots on body or fins (looks like salt)
Research:
a) Marine Ich (parasite)


Gold, brown or rust colored patches on body
Research:
a) Marine Velvet (parasite)


Tiny black dots on body or fins
Research:
a) Black Ich (parasite)


Raised white bumps on body or fins which looks lumpy
Research:
a) Lymphocystis (viral)
b) Fungal Infection
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Why I do not advocate chloroquine phosphate (or related) for Marine Ich

Posted 02/08/2014 at 11:45 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 06:38 PM by snorvich

While the marine biology literature has many instances of using Chloroquine phosphate for treating marine velvet, at this point the treatment of marine ich is better served with other means, specifically tank transfer.

The problems/issues I have with chloroquine phosphate (or related) are for marine ich:
1. Dosage is anecdotal and is unclear with varying instructions from different vendors
2. Half life of the drug is not defined
3. No way of testing current...
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The LFS Paradox

Posted 02/08/2014 at 11:41 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 06:38 PM by snorvich

The LFS Paradox
I see a fair number of people that watch perspective fish purchases at the LFS to determine if they are healthy. However, there are some problems with this strategy, what I call "The LFS Paradox".

1. Many LFS run a non-therapeutic dose of copper in their fish system. Sounds good, right? Actually, no. A low level of Copper will mask Velvet (which I have seen happen multiple times) and according to some, also ich (because I use Tank transfer, I have...
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Best practice quarantine protocol

Posted 03/31/2012 at 10:19 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)

My suggested protocol is to use tank transfer for all new specimens to insure against cryptocaryon irritans. 12 days and two 20 gallon tanks is all it takes.

The initial receiving tank is temp and SG adjusted to the bag water( SG a few points couple of points lower than the bagwater is ok but not higher) This obviates the need for drip acclimation and prolonged stays in bag water where pH can rise and ammonia toxicity can increase once the bag is opened. This is particularly important...
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