I had a stable running 150g Reef with a large sump for the past 3 years. I recently decided to stock up on my livestock, so like all of us know, the best scenario is to have a quarantine tank setup to make sure pests and diseases are not introduced into your main system. I setup a quarantine tank, but before it had a chance to cycle, I got excited about ordering a bunch of livestock.
When the livestock arrived, I couldn't put them into the quarantine tank since it wasn't ready, so in haste, I added them directly to my main display tank.
After a week or so, I noticed Ich on my new large powder blue tang. Then quickly following, I noticed Ich on my hippo tangs, yellow tangs, etc. Within a few weeks of battling the Ich, I lost 95% of all of my fish, new additions and the ones I've had for 3 years. I tried treating my tank with Ich medications, adding garlic to the fish food and ensuring my parameters were all as good as they could be...which they were before and after the ich outbreak.
Some have said, this is part of the hobby, losing livestock to the inevitable ich plague. I realize now more than ever, avoiding the introduction of diseases and pests is essential to protecting your investment of money and joy you put into the hobby.
I have come to terms that I will never again introduce anything into my system without quarantining it first to avoid the same devastation I have experienced recently.
I know you have all read and heard that you SHOULD quarantine and/or treat new livestock before adding to your system, but I know that the vast majority of us do not.
I hope at least some of you heed my warning and avoid the same huge loss as I have had.
Fish lost to ich within the past month:
- Blue spotted mexican jawfish ($132)
- Powder blue tang
- 3 yellow tangs
- 5 hippo tangs
- Flame angel
- Mated pair of OC clown fish
- Pink Pseudochromis
- 4 green chromis
- 2 barlett anthias
- 2 six line wrasse
- Mandarin goby
Thanks for reading,