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post #1 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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A fish in the plant tank at the pet store?

I was kind of put off by the fact that Petsmart has recently put a fish in the plant tank. In the past, I was happy to buy plants from them because there were no fish in the tank. Now should I worry about disease from the fish? Do I need to quarantine my plants in a different tank? Plants don't do well with moving all around so... Is this off putting to anyone else?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 09:07 AM
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I was kind of put off by the fact that Petsmart has recently put a fish in the plant tank. In the past, I was happy to buy plants from them because there were no fish in the tank. Now should I worry about disease from the fish? Do I need to quarantine my plants in a different tank? Plants don't do well with moving all around so... Is this off putting to anyone else?

I wouldn't worry about it. Probably most likely to get snails, than a disease. You can take the plants and swish in water that has a bit of salt in it to get off anything. I'd be curious what others say.

I just bought some amazing looking java moss from my lfs, and it had Red Cherry Shrimp in the tank, that they sell for $11.99/each! Anyways, when I took the moss out, swimming in the bit of water which was in the bag, I could see about 4 baby RCS, so I got some freebies, which I added with my RCS tank.

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If there is a fish in the plant tank, then some fish dieseases/parasites can hitch a ride on the plants. Ich for instance. As with fish, to be safe, quarantine in a small tank for 2-3 weeks can be done. They obviously need sufficient light if one does this.

Dipping in solutions of this or that is often suggested, but I tend to accept Rhonda Wilson's advice that anything strong enough to effectively kill algae, snail eggs or parasites will almost certainly harm and possibly kill the plant.

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If there is a fish in the plant tank, then some fish dieseases/parasites can hitch a ride on the plants. Ich for instance. As with fish, to be safe, quarantine in a small tank for 2-3 weeks can be done. They obviously need sufficient light if one does this.

Dipping in solutions of this or that is often suggested, but I tend to accept Rhonda Wilson's advice that anything strong enough to effectively kill algae, snail eggs or parasites will almost certainly harm and possibly kill the plant.

Byron.

This is what I was thinking. They never used to have fish in there and when I saw it, I reported it. They kind of laughed but I told them I was less likely to come back for plants if there was fish in there. It looked to me like a feeder fish which made me worry even more. They tend to be sick so... Not a good thing. I also had concerns about moving any new plants so often. As it is, some melt. I am afraid if I have to put them in a quarantine tank for a few weeks, they might die altogether and void the 14 day money back deal.

If they were truly worried about snails, I would honestly rather they toss in an assassin or two.

I also agree with the "no use of chemicals" in the tank. Other then Prime and my plant fertilizers, I don't add anything.

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