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Quad Angels 01-15-2008 03:23 PM

Angel problems
 
In 3 weeks my 50 gallon tank will arive, all new and ready. I'm going to purchase 4 small Angel fish * and put them in a tiny quarantine tank for 3 months however, will this stunt their growth before they enter the large tank?

*Should I buy 1.5 inch angels, or 2.5 inch angels to achieve full growth, and how much will they grow in 3 months?

Cheers!

herefishy 01-15-2008 03:41 PM

My first question about three months in a quarantine tank is, "Why?". If your fish are wild caught, which I doubt that they are, the quarantine would be understandable. But, even then, not a three month segregation. I recieve many fish that are wild caught, especially this time of year. Most of my quarantines last from 2-3 weeks. This is primarily to adjust the fish and treat for parasites. For the most part, treating the newcomers in this manner, along with adding a few antibiotics(I really don't like using anything other than natural remedies/preventatives), the longest period of quarantine in recent memory is three weeks, most last two weeks.

It's great to be on the safe side, but, your plan is to the extreme. Quarantining fish shouldn't harm your fish or stunt their growth. I would rethink your timetable, though.

Quad Angels 01-15-2008 03:53 PM

The Q tank is all I have - My 20 gallon is at my girlfriends house, don't ask. Its basically a temporaril home, will it affect growth?

herefishy 01-15-2008 04:07 PM

Depending upon the size of the fish, it may have a short term effect. I don't think anything long term will happen.

Quad Angels 01-15-2008 04:33 PM

Thats brill, and not to pest, but any idea to the second question?

Falina 01-16-2008 03:40 PM

For them to be in a 20g tank then I think buy them smaller rather than larger so that they will still have room to grow before they are moved into their bigger tank.


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