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Re: Quarantine - What Do You Do?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:28 pm
by ballpc
I keep all my new arrivals as a species tank so basically all my new fish get their own quarantine tank. My display tanks consist mainly of fry that I have raised. This method is probably not an option for many, but if you have a fish room it's a great way to handle new fish.

Dennis

Re: Quarantine - What Do You Do?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:54 pm
by freshfish
I QT all new arrivals for a minimum of 2-4 weeks. I prefer "bare bones" setups- bare bottom tank, simple HOB filter, stock light, heater if needed, perhaps some disposable live plant clippings/driftwood to hide in (I'm pretty careful about sterilizing driftwood by running it through the dishwasher on "sanitize" after use in a QT tank, or I'll use some old resin decor).

I also always drip-acclimate my fish. My procedure is to add a little Prime in the bottom of a bucket (to help neutralize any ammonia/nitrite buildup in the bag water), add a cup or two of water from the QT tank, and then I drip acclimate for usually a few hours, till I've at least doubled if not tripled the volume of water that was in the bag. Then I net out the fish into the QT tank.

I've also started worming my fish while in QT. I also worm all my tanks 1x a year. I see it as a prophylactic measure similar to the monthly wormers I use on my dogs, and I believe that it does help.

Re: Quarantine - What Do You Do?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:40 pm
by twotone12valve
I run an extremely simple QT most new arrivals I put in a 1 gal tank that I have a sponge filter in. I run the sponge filter in my big tank all the time. I pull it out of the tank when I bring a new fish home, at that point I set up my QT tank with that sponge filter. No lighting and no heat, I than pore the entire bag into the QT tank. I than start a siphon for my show tank into the QT tank at around 1/2 gph. I let it completely fill my QT tank. At that point I inspect the fish if all are good I siphon around 80% of the water out of the QT and re-fill it at a rate of 2+gph. I than will add them to the tank this take me around 3 hours.

If I see a fish has a torn fin or white spots, slim anything that seems it could be bad, a slow fish (none reactive) to stressed, basically anything that doesn't look like ful good health I will than keep in the QT for a week while I treat with Tetracycline powder. Doing 50% water changes daily. Until I feel they are healthy.

Re: Quarantine - What Do You Do?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:16 pm
by lou zello
guess i must add my 2 cents after reading all the great post both for and against QTing.i will make it short.first i don't do salt water anymore,too much money nowdays,at least with all my kids.next;i do not QT,my system consists of coming straight home with the bag,adding 2 or 3 drops of a product called NOX-ICH(it contains 50% sodium chloride and 50% malachite green) let it float for approx 20 min,add 1/3 as much water from the tank as the bag had in it,wait another 20-30 min,add another 1/3 water,wait another 20-30 min,NET fish out of bag,pour bag water in toilet-not the sink,and that's it.when buying the fish i allways go to the store 2 or 3 times before i buy them,no matter what store,just to make sure what i saw the first time is still in good shape.i have 3 stores within 15-20 min from me so i have it easy.BUT i haven't got any fish in awhile allso;do not need any more as i am allready OVERSTOCKED!!!!!