Well, being a newbie at this stuff, I was too impatient and started adding too much fish too soon. I believed the gimmick that my tank could cycle overnight with this miracle elixir they call "Bio-Spira"... and the truth is that it shortened my cycle, but I wasn't out of the woods before I started throwing livestock in there. Now I'm having all kinds of problems... the worst being a sudden outbreak of ICH on my hippo tang and black percula... crap. Take it from a man who learned the hard way... this is a hobby for patient people. You'll blow a lot more money if you rush things (dead fish, ich treatments, Bio-spira) and you'll end up with a thrown together tank, riddled with problems which could take you months to iron out. You're creating one of the most perfectly balanced environments in the world. Only God can do this in one week... for us mortals, it takes a bit longer. Okay, enough lecturing... down to business. As I said earlier, I found out tonight that I have an outbreak of ich. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't have the hundreds of dollars it will take to get a quarantine tank set up, with it's own filtration and cured live rock. I need something simpler. Something that works with what I have now and doesn't require me to turn my house into a fish hospital. I know there are others out there in the same boat. The first thing I did: I went onto SWF forums and spent a solid 2 hours worth of research on ich. Everything ich. The treatment options to the success stories to the failure stories. Everyone recommends building a fish hospital. I don't doubt that it is the best way, but NOT the affordable way. I've heard of ich treatment chemicals that use copper. There are a lot of side effects to using copper... it's a terrible thing to add to your tank, and you may as well throw your tank out if you put anything with copper in there. I've heard of chemicals that DO treat ich, but also turn your tank into a swamp... providing a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of algae. But I think I may have found the answer... ICH-ATTACK by Kordon Here's the website for this product: http://www.*****.htm It's 100% organic - no copper and no harmful chemicals that can kill your corals - completely reef safe. Also, I've called all three of my local fish stores (or LFS's for you noob's) and they all use this product continually for some of their display tanks. It came highly recommended from all of them. So I'm going to try it. I've got a 34 Gallon Red Sea Max, and a 14 Gallon BioCube. I intend to treat both of them since I have exchanged live rock and fish between the two in the past. The directions: Remove carbon filtration from your tank. Use 5 ml per 10 gallons of water. Treat tank once a day for 1-2 weeks Supposedly the ich will be gone by one week, but they recommend 2 weeks to be sure. Again, totally reef safe, don't change anything about your tank except for the removal of the carbon. Another great thing to do is get some cleaner shrimp (or fire shrimp if you can afford them). They love eating bacteria off the fish and can really help things along in keeping a cleaner tank. Not to metnion you'll have them a lot longer than it takes to cure the ich. Also, DO NOT GET THE BIGGEST CLEANER SHRIMP YOU CAN FIND!!! Sometimes the biggest one is not always the best deal. I got a cleaner shrimp and wanted the biggest one, but he hasn't done anything in my tank, primarily because a lot of the fish are smaller than him. Get small cleaner shrimps. They will work the hardest, and the fish will feel more comfortable utilizing their talents if they don't feel as threatened by the size. Here's my tally for tonight: 1 Large bottle of Ich-Attack - $15 1 Small cleaner shrimp - $18 1 Small Fire Shrimp - $30. Total with tax was around $70. A heck of a lot cheaper than a QT tank and the whole lot. So I'll give it a try and keep you posted (no pun intended). Thanks, Nick P.S. below are some pics of my Hippo, clown, the tank, and of course my two new comrades in this battle - the two shrimp. You can see that I have plenty of corals. Yes I am taking a bit of a risk here.