Marine Ich is undeniably one of the most deadly marine aquarium diseases our tropical saltwater fish have to face in captivity. It’s a big deal not because it’s particularly lethal, but because there’s simply so much misinformation about this ubiquitous parasite.
The best thing you can do to avoid your fish suffering or succumbing to ich, also known as Cryptocaryon irritans, is to take it seriously, and especially to catch it early. The only way to eradicate this disease from saltwater aquariums with fish is through real medications like copper.
But as we all very well know there are plenty of reef tanks with healthy fish populations and low levels of ich without severe outbreaks. It’s very hard to manage ich in a fully loaded reef tank, and PolypLab knows that their Medic treatment isn’t a silver bullet but it can help as part of a larger ich mitigation strategy.
Since more than a couple paragraphs usually falls under ‘Too Long; Didn’t Read’ PolypLab has put together a cartoon campaign to help educate current and future reefers on some of the real details regarding this dreaded disease. If you follow these steps your experiences with Ich should be minimal so take this disease seriously, and let’s all do our part to keep ich in its place and off our fish. [PolypLab]