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QT here or at LFS - What's best
Old 01-03-2010, 01:09 AM   #21
 
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The Cardinals are like 2.80-2.90 here and the Rummys are like 1.5 or was even less then that, I know was just lil more then $1 for mine.....

Dang where do you people all live???? I think I'll reconsider and shop locally, and cheaper and no shipping cost
LOL you're so funny.

I would also prefer to buy locally if I can so I can see the fish with my own eyes (not that I've ever ordered online before, but still). And I'd QT at home, IMO. After my last visit to the "best" LFS in my locale, OMG let's just say it was horrifying. Several dead fish in several tanks and they don't even share water. It was the LFS's new supplier that was also supplying all kinds of sick fish. So either way I'd QT at home...you don't want that s@#* in your tank!!!

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Old 01-03-2010, 04:51 AM   #22
 
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Were it me, the only way I would purchase newly arrived fish is if I were there when fish arrived, and I took possesion while they were still in shipping bags.
Otherwise ,I would wait a couple weeks after the fish had arrived if fish store is willing to hold them and most importantly,, they kept them in proper enviornment. Most local mom and pop or smaller stores are pretty good about caring for that which is their livelihood. Large chainstores on the otherhand often place fish in holding tanks with fish and or conditions that are not suitable for the species.
You are in my view fortunate that they will hold the fish for you and not sell them if and when someone expressed an interest in purchasing them. Some stores are not inclined to do so.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:44 AM   #23
 
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Were it me, the only way I would purchase newly arrived fish is if I were there when fish arrived, and I took possesion while they were still in shipping bags.
Yea that's what the LFS Boss suggested, me to drive over RIGHT away when they get there, pick them up right from the bags/ shipping boxes. QT them at home and if there's any issues the 2 weeks after that to come back.
They're real good people honestly. Like the whole chinease algae eater matter, I discussed it with them, worried about the future stock in tank and she said bring ALL back. Evidently the very gal that sold them to me also doesn't work there any more and she offered to always call her out of the office when i'm there.
They actual QT their new fish shipments 'behind the scenes', they have a floor to ciling thin wall in the fw & sw rooms and behind it they have several smaller tanks in which new shipments get QT at. When I first started looking for something they didn't have, she did take me back there let me see them but old me not for sale for a while.
So really all I seen so far, their knowledge (the owners themselves) the way I see them handle fish...I like them a lot and have faith.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:12 PM   #24
 
Somewhere back some one suggested two weeks for quarantine, but it is suggested that three weeks is better. Some problems can take time to manifest themselves so the extra time allows you to catch something you might have missed on a shorter quarantine time. Also, during quarantine you can increase your "established" aquariums water changes and use the "discarded" water in your quarantine tank (and of course do water changes to that tank as well); this way your water parameters between the two tanks will be very close by the end of quarantine.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:14 PM   #25
 
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Actually if your REALLY wanted to do a proper QT you're looking at few MONTHS some sicknesses take a very long time to show symptoms. The only 'speedy' sickness that catches our eyes quick is ick...but there's lord know how many other hunderts of sicknesses

The 2 tanks are same in pH and about 0.5 degree different in hardness - That said I will nto add waste water to the QT
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