Is this Ich?!

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Hi beginning to wish I never started this!!  My Royal Grammar was acting oddly yesterday by dashing against the rock and I noticed some white dots on him.  Today when I came home from work the Coral Beauty doesn't look too clever either.  They are both feeding and swimming about and so far the others seem clear but I've read all these posts about Ich and I'm panicking because I don't have a spare tank and I'm feeling really bad for the fish..  Not sure what to do for the best -as ever, any advice much appreciated....

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Reply #1

sadly that is ich AKA whitespot.

if they are feeding keep feeding drop lights to reduce stress and keep hands out and fingers crossed they putt through for you

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Crikey... gutted :-(  Should I keep the lights off all the time?  How long does it take before you can tell whether they pull through?  Will the others definitely get contaminated?  Sorry for so many questions, I am genuinely heartbroken - love these little guys.

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No don't keep them off just dim them if you can or if running tubes turn some tubes off.

I've had it in mine and just kept feeding if they shake it off they will build up an immunity to it somewhat.

Just feed more often and slightly smaller portions and keep good water quality

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Unless you can remove the fish and treat them in a hospital tank, Marty's advice is the best you can do for them.  There are no reefsafe cures, although lots of LFSs will tell you there is, and try to sell you some potion.  The only proven methods are hyposalinity, copper, and chloroqine phosphate - none of which are safe to put in your display tank.

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