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jweb1369
 
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coral for a cichlid tank?

by jweb1369

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?
 

faile486
 
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by faile486

I thought ick died if it didn't have a host to attach to after 48 hours?


ChristinaBug2890
 
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by ChristinaBug2890

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.
 

jweb1369
 
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by jweb1369

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 =/.
 

faile486
 
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by faile486

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?
 

dougie175
 
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by dougie175

Personally I would boil the rocks just to be sure I know Ich cant surevive above a certain temp.
 

jweb1369
 
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by jweb1369

Okay, thanks guys =)
 

gumbii
 
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by gumbii

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...
 

jweb1369
 
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by jweb1369

I think I'll just boil it to ensure everything is dead on it.
 

gumbii
 
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by gumbii

test it... get a microscope and check it out...
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