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Old 03-07-2004, 09:44 AM   #1
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Marine Disease and Survivability

Just a quick question, If a fish or group of fish were diseased in the main tank and removed, with no fish remaining in the tank can common diseases survive without a host fish, or are there surrogates in the tank other than fish that will keep them kicking? Thanks!

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Old 03-07-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
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Most all parasitc pests will be eradicated by the lack of fish if the tank is left fallow for 4-6 weeks depending on type. Fluke and turbellarians will be best left at 8 weeks or longer. They need an fish host to complete the life cycle so without a fish, they will eventually starve. There are no surrogates.

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