Originally Posted by kimo
Have not lost ANY fish to disease in my tank's present location. (10 yrs in August)
I still have some Neon Tetras (3) left from when I bought in 2001 - 7 yrs for a Neon!
Big thing is: pick your fish carefully - make sure there is no disease in lfs
tank. Then Q them for at least 3 weeks before adding to main tank.
see ... trouble is that if you aren't a VERY GOOD doctor, you won't be able to identify the diseases anyway.
so even if you Q the fish for 4 weeks, they might survive 4 weeks and then you put them in your main tank, and spread disease and die 2 weeks later
so all in all, except ich some types of fungus and external parasites, i think some (most?) of us are not able to identify.
and even with ich, i've tried the heat treatment twice now, and except losing all fragile fish, i did not lose anything else (certainly not the ich)
this time i tried ich-treatment by heat PLUS ich pills, and i have same result, fish are dying and ich is still there.
i think that, without owning a microscope, you cannot call yourself a doctor.