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Old 08-06-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
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When my tank is set up for the 1st time and the LR and sand has had time to cure, when it comes time to add the first couple of fish to the tank will they need to be put in a QT for 4-5 weeks or can they go right into the tank after the acclimation process?
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Old 08-06-2004, 01:47 PM   #2
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I would QT. This way if the fish is ill or needs meds you do not med your display.
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Old 08-06-2004, 01:54 PM   #3
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Agree, definately qt. You have no parasites in the system now and do not want to add them.
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Old 08-06-2004, 04:33 PM   #4
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Ok, another stupid question. Is there any signs I need to be looking for besides the fish floating upside down? Or do you go ahead and medicate as a preventative for any parasites and common diseases?
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Well you should research some dieses (Ya I Cant spell) online. Some are, not eating, full belly, swimming oddly. Just look around.
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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and a good bit of common sense to. Let your parental instincts take a foot hold. Fast breathing, listing, loose scales, patches of odd color or cloudy films on the skin. If it looks... "odd" take notice of it, test your water, and hit the net and this forum (particularly the sick fish/help forum) and your friends here will help you out.
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:15 PM   #7
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strange discolorations on the fish can also indicate parasites or other disease
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:27 PM   #8
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Best start would be to only purchase fish that look healthy in the LFS. Make sure none of the other fish in the same tank are infected/diseased. Ask how long it's been there and then to see how well it feeds. Even after all that.. always QT!
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