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coral for a cichlid tank?

Postby jweb1369 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:10 am

Today I went to an old friends house and seen that he some how had all of my old live rock and coral that I had for my saltwater tank a few years back. So I took it back and now am thinking about using it for my cichlid tank. Here's the catch, the reason I broke my saltwater tank down way back then was because it had really horrible catastrophic ick. I talked to a guy at the LPS and he said that ick can stay in substrate for up to 7 years. So here's my question, how should I clean the live rock (which is dead now) and coral to make sure that there will be no ick incident?
 
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Postby faile486 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:10 am

I thought ick died if it didn't have a host to attach to after 48 hours?
 
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Postby ChristinaBug2890 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:32 am

I thought the same thing...maybe if there are things living in the gravel it can survive on that? If its dead already maybe u could boil it for a couple of hours straight in a big pot to clean it up nicely...if you have a pot big enough.

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Postby jweb1369 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:40 am

I think I remember reading that ick doesnt die, it lays dormant until another host is available. When I had the saltwater tank all my fish died and I waited about 3 weeks then added some tester fish and they got bad ick and died in like a couple of days.

Oh I love to cook so I got a pot big enough, haha. So I guess tomorrow I start the boiling... I hope my tank has enough room =/.
 
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Postby faile486 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:20 am

From: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FA006

"The breeding stage of the parasite encysts between the layers of the host skin. When mature, it leaves the fish and produces large numbers of free swimming young. These must find a host within 48 hours (at water temperatures of 75-79°F) or they will die. The life cycle of "Ich" is shown in Figure 1 ."

I've got Ich in my tank right now - I've been reading a lot on it, and that's basically the same thing all of them said. Maybe there's some other part of it that can survive?
 
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Postby dougie175 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:49 pm

Personally I would boil the rocks just to be sure I know Ich cant surevive above a certain temp.
 
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Postby jweb1369 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:14 pm

Okay, thanks guys =)
 
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Postby gumbii » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:22 pm

ick for saltwater also isn't the same as ick for freshwater... actually there are two different types of ick in saltwater... also... saltwater ick dies when the salt level falls and vice versa for the freshwater strain...



just throwing that in there...
 
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Postby jweb1369 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:57 pm

I think I'll just boil it to ensure everything is dead on it.
 
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Postby gumbii » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:00 pm

test it... get a microscope and check it out...
 
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Postby jweb1369 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:34 pm

Im not a microbiologist haha. Who in the hell knows what it looks like under a microscope? lol
 
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Postby gumbii » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:08 am

um... i'm not one either... but it's not a bad thing to have at hand if you're going to be maintaining an aquarium...
 
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Postby jweb1369 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:36 am

I was just stating that things under microscopes look different, so I don't now what it would look like.
 
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Postby gumbii » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:02 am

i have books... but i think there are some websites that have pics and diognostics...
 
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Postby jweb1369 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:59 am

oh well, i boiled them tonight for about 5 minutes a piece, that should be fine, they been sitting out of water for almost 3 years now.
 
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