05-21-2013, 09:28 PM
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Unless you are dealing with wild caught fish there's no reason for prophylactic medication. With wild caught fish a worming procedure is followed for some species, this would not apply to store bought splendens. The best thing you could provide is really clean water and the best diet available, as well as an aquarium set up with their comfort in mind.
As far as quar with new fish, don't quar them in the same room, much less tanks that are close to each other. Although the fish may appear healthy it may be carrying something that to the eye can not be seen. A breeder who had 100+ tanks running & pulled off a quar in his fishroom is what got me back into breeding angels late last fall. Fish he got in brought something really nasty with them, 100 tanks bubbling with sponge filters spread this to every tank, his whole basement, all wiped out in under a week. He didn't have time to set up quar tanks in his garage, a handful of fish wiped out 10k fish & years of work. Bubbling tanks, water droplets, circulation fans, they all got hit.
I used to pick up 400-500 angels at a time from him, didn't even make a dent in his stock. I've always kept a pair & potential breeders around in the event something like this happened, lots of hustling to get my room back up to breeding & producing, thankfully I kept all my gear after taking a couple years break. Hectic, but fun, though I hate to have to be pushed back into breeding by a horrible situation such as that.
If it can happen to someone with 100 tanks it can happen to someone with a handful. I've got a few beat up sturdy nightstands outside the fishroom that will easily hold a 20 gallon tank each, spare filters running, heaters, pumps, all for quar purposes. Always work the quar tanks last, wash & dry your hands well, wait a few hours before considering doing anything with any other tanks. Keep all gear specific to the quar tank(s) and everything as separate as your situation allows. It's wise to know your supplier as well, at this point I only buy fish if I know the breeder, there are so many nasty things going around the commercial fish farms that you may never be able to track down what it is until it's way too late.