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Post by Guest on 25/5/2012, 12:32

Hi Everyone
With many of us recently having problems with our tanks where we have lost fish, I thought I would ask the question of how many people have a quarantine tank.
Do you automatically treat the fish in the Quarantine tank prior to putting them in your main tank/s, regardless of if they look ill or not?
Do you keep the tank running when there is no fish in them?
How long do you leave/treat the fish in your quarantine tank before putting them in to your main tank?

I have set up a Quarantine tank and had it running with fish in for about 5 weeks now, I left the first fish in there for 4 weeks before transferring her to my main tank, but was wondering if I treat the tank could I have reduced this period of time and what would be the best thing to treat it with? Is there a treatment that is a good all rounder?

I realise that people do things differently but would like your input into how you do it.

Thanks for reading and look forward to receiving your replies

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Post by Guest on 25/5/2012, 15:07

we were advised to use general tonic when ours were ill, it says on the bottle u can use it to treat most things and as a precautionary measure whenever new fish are introduced, it also advises u treat your main tank with it every 6 months just to keep the normal parasites levels to a minimum Smile

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Post by Guest on 25/5/2012, 15:14

like meshell says you could use general tonic i use stress zyme in my quarrentine tank when i put new fish in

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Post by DarloKev on 25/5/2012, 18:20

The only fish i quarantine now are the discus, They get a salt bath, wormed, fluked, and dosed with a general tonic and of course keep a close eye on them. But i've found just buying quality fish from someone you know has been looking after them makes a big difference to their health. I've pretty much stopped buying fish from any LFS and gone more for private breeders that have a good reputation.

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Post by NedtheDog on 25/5/2012, 18:44

I quarantine all new fish unless, like Darlokev, I know the breeder. I do not treat quarantined fish but "keep an eye" on them and only treat if a problem occurs, as its difficult to predict what to treat for. Most treatments will stress fish to some degree so unless needed I don't treat. I think three weeks is long enough in most cases. I keep a Q/T tank running all the time with mature water and filter. I am reluctant to treat established tanks or use Tonics etc as I think adding any chemicals can upset the balance and filtration, good husbandry and regular water changes should ensure good health.

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Post by Ian on 25/5/2012, 19:33

im like you ned quarentine all new fish for upto 2-3 weeks but only treat what comes up other wise it costs a fortune to do every treatment and they dont always mix well and stress the fish which can bring on symtems that look like something its not my new ones i got today will be in quarentine for a week but thats cos i know the last owner but it also in case of whitespot due to traveling a fair distance home

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Post by Guest on 30/5/2012, 21:34

I think I will go with not treating any fish but to keep them in quarantine for approx 3 weeks before moving them to my main tanks.
Is it worth putting substrate in the bottom or just leave it bare? at the moment there is only a few plants in there, I find its easier to clean this way what do you think?

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Post by Ian on 30/5/2012, 23:05

best idea bare bottom tank if you do get a infection the substrate would be contaminated and effect the fish

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Post by NedtheDog on 31/5/2012, 08:13

If you need a substrate use playsand very thin on the bottom 1/8"" TO 1/4" max, then when you move on the fish you can syphon it all out with the water change.
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