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Old 03-26-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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To quarantine or not to quarantine

I'm planning on purchasing a flame angel for my 55g. To be completely honest, I have never quarantined a fish in my life. I have several fire fish, clowns, and gobies, all of which were never qt'd yet they never got any disease, sickness, or parasite. The reason I'm only exploring this now is because A) it's a 50 dollar fish and B) because the website I'm buying from (bluezoo aquatics) states that all fish NEED to be quarantined if they are to be healthy. After about a half hour, and about 100 visits to variations) various forums and websites I still can't decide. Some people say it's essential and others say it stresses the fish which WILL eventually lead to disease. So should I qt this guy or not? And of so, what is the ideal setup and qt process?
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:28 PM   #2
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Some people say it's essential and others say it stresses the fish which WILL eventually lead to disease. So should I qt this guy or not? And of so, what is the ideal setup and qt process?
Those people are quacks and don't know what they are talking about. Quarantining is an essential practice. If done properly, a quarantine is no less stressful than keeping it in a normal tank.

Just give it a tank approx 20g or so and throw some hiding places in it. PVC works well but I tend to use a random assortment of freshwater ornaments I acquired from buying a tank over craigslist. It's not pretty by any means, but it's perfectly functional.
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I agree with Mebbid. Good water quality and hiding places is the same as the stress when in a new tank. It's a good practice when used properly.
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Agreed qt. Perfect example I just got an order from blue zoo coincidently, the hippo tang I purchased ended up having ich, if I had put that fish in my dt the whole tank would have been infected right now and I would have had to pull all my fish. Just a word of warning.
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How long should I qt? And should I medicate or just observe?
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I usually keep them 3 to 4 weeks. Never medicate if its not necessary just watch for any signs of a problem. Watch your parameters
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I usually keep them 3 to 4 weeks. Never medicate if its not necessary just watch for any signs of a problem. Watch your parameters
+1 i make it a habit of doing a hypsalinity treatment just because ich is super common though.
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Ok I'll definitely do 3 weeks and I'm picking up a 10 gallon today. I have an hob filter but what should I use as filter media? I know carbon is a no no. I have floss, Aquaclear sponges, bio media (the noodles), and a bag of purigen on hand. What should I use?
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Why is carbon a no no you can use carbon you just can't use it if your using medications because it removes most.
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use the floss bio and carbon and filter of course
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