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tophat665 12-28-2007 08:00 PM

QUARANTINE! It's not just for Fishes!!!
So today, I had just finished feeding my 55 gallon amazon tank, with the tetras and cories and bristlenosed plecos who just gifted me with another dozen babies today ( :thumbsup: ), and I noticed that one of my black neons was looking particularly shabby. Listless, white spots... Ich. Ick. :sick: He had a full blown case going and I couldn't think of anything that I had done to give it to him. I haven't added any fish to the tank since the bandit cories last summer. So I was thinking about it, while I was pulling him out to euthanize, and I realized that the only thinks I have added to the tank since summer are two sword plants - a big mother a month ago and a small red melon... Three days ago. Oh, and there's some spots on the flame tetras. Delightful.

I am going to have to crank the heat to 84 and do half doses of rid-ich for 2 weeks, and probably lose all my shrimp and snails, and maybe the colony of blackworms that the cories so love to browse on. All for a plant that I could have stuck in an empty tank for a week with a couple of feeder guppies by way of canaries, and not done it any harm, and been out maybe some ten cent guppies at the end.

This is a family establishment, so let's just imagine the blue streak that goes here.

The Moral of this story: Quarantine your plants.

herefishy 12-28-2007 09:18 PM

Great reminder. Live and learn, live and learn.

willow 01-02-2008 09:48 AM

aww that's awful,and hope you do not have
to many losses.

tophat665 01-02-2008 12:02 PM

Just that one black neon who looked like he was impersonating finnan haddie, so may salt like spots bedecked him. I've jacked up the temp to 82 (which my Sterbas really like), and have been using Rid-Fungus (Which seems to me to be Ich Attack in a different bottle) at full strength. It's herb based rather than copper based, so I am hoping I'll get away without too many invertebrate losses. I'll run that through Fryday, assuming I don't see any more spots, and then pop some carbon in the little filter and do a 40% water change.

Also, the baby plecos seem to be doing all right - insofar as the attrition has been no greater than the mortality due to hungry tetras last time 'round.

So this is a sotry of danger narrowly averted....

Maybe when I get the camera back up and running, I'll post some 8x10 glossies with circles and arrows with short paragraphs on the back.

willow 01-03-2008 09:37 AM

pics sound great,they would be good to see,

Falina 01-03-2008 09:53 AM

Sorry to hear about that and a great reminder. TBH I have never quarantined a plant. I guess I'll have to start.

tophat665 01-03-2008 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by willow
pics sound great,they would be good to see,

Ask and ye shall receive...

Here's the tank with the ich issue. The sword that caused the issue is in the background between the Y shaped driftwood and the rockpile. Not easy to pick out as it's the smallest one, but she'll be a beauty when she's grown.

Here're some of the pleco fry (and a white blur representing one of the cory fry - cancel that - it's a snail, but the three smallest surviving cories are still in there.) that have been moved from the Catfish Tank of Sex to the grow out tank.
And that's the grow out tank, with a nice algal scum for the plecos to nosh on between algae pellets.

I'm looking over at the CTOS right now, and Cthulhu, my male bristlenose is out and about, which tells me that this batch of fry is done. One more dose of medicine and this sordid story will draw to a close.

tophat665 03-16-2008 08:23 PM

And we have another batch of pleco fry. The last three batches have been really cooperative, heading up for the waterline just as soon as they got shut of Dad's cave, but this batch has been hanging out low in the tank, where the hiding places are turkey baster is not much use in removing them. Unfortunate.

The Three I have left from the first spawn (I sold a half dozen) are starting to push 2" - 'bout the same size as their parents were when I bought them.

dubels 03-17-2008 03:25 AM

Where did you get that sponge pre-filter thing for the power filter? I have a Whisper Power 10 filter that I am trying to use for a quarantine tank but since I am not going to be running any carbon filter for the meds I want to use the power filter for circulation and a faster working sponge filter. I have been around to a LFS and the regulars: petco and petsmart. But I cannot find anything that would work like you have in your grow out tank.

Flashygrrl 03-17-2008 05:21 AM

Yeah, they don't usually have them. I saw them locally here somewhere but they disappeared. Now the place you can find them is the Dr Foster & Smith website, or or something along those lines.

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