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Old 06-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #11
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Why Quarantine if they are not sick
Because even healthy fish can be carriers of disease and bring it in to weaker or more susceptible fish.
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I would like to work at lfs but my wife said you already hang out there too much. If they pay you then you will never come except to stock tank. I said your right. I need time to explore other lfs. Cant be tied down to just one lfs.
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Why Quarantine if they are not sick

You don't always know if they are sick at first. It can take a while for any infections to show up in a fish. Would you want to throw a fish in your tank and have everything die off because it has an internal parasite? IMO you should always QT your fish first
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Why Quarantine if they are not sick
when you buy fish they could be carrying something that hasn't shown up yet. it's a good idea to QT them before adding them in with the rest of your fish, because if they end up having something like ich, it will spread to the rest of your fish as well. if it's something worse it could wipe out your whole tank.

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good replies as to why so far, take heed and always quarantine new fish/inverts and even plants.
Plants can carry snails, algae, parasites and etc, plants can be treated with such as Potassium Permanganate and then introduced.

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A good quarantine consist of observation and proactive treatment lasting at least two weeks, prefer a month or even longer.

1)Observe prospective feeders at the LFS very closely, appearance, swimming, respiration, feeding and etc...
Any dead/unhealthy fish in the tank or adjacent tank(s), don't buy any.

2)Before introducing to QT, give'em a strong salt dip/bath, this will force many external parasites to drop off the host.

3)For ICH... QT should be kept at 87'-88'F and salted at at least 1tblspn per 5gal, this will eradicate any ICH and some other parasites.

4)For suspected Internal infection/infestations... Feed at least one week with antibacterial food and then at least one week with anti-parasite/protozoan food.

5)During this time observe closely for anything indicative of illness/infestation, treat accordingly with meds or just cull.

A proper QT is alot of work.
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+1 That is good information Chile. Lol mommy, it's ok repetition is good it helps people learn!
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