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post #11 of 21 Old 08-27-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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thx guys for the info. all my fish seem to be doing better now that i removed the 2 unlucky bloodfins.....the third one that i bought actually doesnt look to bad and i think my fish will be fine from here on out. Also i have been watching my Ram more closely and it is fun to see him "play" with the other fish.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-27-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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well i just got back from the pet store and i have added 2 flame tetras into my tank as all of the bloodfins and skirt tetras they had were contaiminated with ich.....
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-28-2012, 05:16 AM
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You should really look into the possibility of setting up a QT tank! Many fish shops have many tanks all running on the same system, which means that what illness you see in one tank, is often in the water of all of the others. I'd just hate to see your little Bolivian (or any of the others) come to harm because a new fish that you brought home was ill - and it sounds like this shop isn't exactly doing such a great job in keeping their fish healthy . . .
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-28-2012, 09:52 AM
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Another good thing about a quarantine tank is you can do a preventive treatment with your new fish without harming the bacteria or stressing you other fish in your main tank, such as with pimafix and melafix. It is real easy to setup a sponge filter in your main tank and move it whenever the quarantine tank is needed, that way you wouldn't need to get a whole new filter with cartidges & etc.

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post #15 of 21 Old 08-28-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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well it sounds like a great idea but i am REALLY short on money ( as in $2 lol ) so i cant really set up a QT. i looked at these fish very closely and monitered their behavior for 5 mins just to be safe and they all seem fine. If my ram or any other fish were to have caught this disease I would have noticed...
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-28-2012, 07:19 PM
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FYI small fish tanks (5 & 10 gallon) are for sale for around $5 at local thrift stores on a regular basis

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post #17 of 21 Old 08-28-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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don't know of any local thrift stores.already looked at good will and didn't have anything.....
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post #18 of 21 Old 09-03-2012, 07:33 AM
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There's some really good deals to be had on Craigslist, as well. Some tanks are even given away for free. Haggling helps, too. I've gotten all of my tanks from there... even got a huge 75G with stand for free.

Petco and PetSmart are awful (as you well know, now). I've heard horror stories from former employees. Try to avoid them at all costs!
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-03-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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actually aoibhell, the petsmart near me has great employees and they have their own fish tanks and seem to care alot for their fish. every fish i have bought from there has done perfectly fine in my tank.
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actually aoibhell, the petsmart near me has great employees and they have their own fish tanks and seem to care alot for their fish. every fish i have bought from there has done perfectly fine in my tank.
That's great! Kind of rare, though, it seems. The girls at my local PetSmart actually blow into the bag when bagging a fish for transport... duh...
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