Quarantining fish for a noob
I have decided to quarantine new fish before adding them to my aquariums. I've set up a 10 gallon one with a sponge filter for the purpose. However, I need advice on how to do it....e.g how long? Do I treat the fish with salt, Melafix etc?
Any suggestions will be greatly helpful.
Most people who quarantine their new fish do so for about 2 weeks. There is no need to add anything to the water, if there is no sign of illness with the new fish. Just keep the water clean, especially if the tank in uncycled and the sponge is new. If it is an uncylced tank you will want to make sure that ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are kept in check.
My 10 gallon is about a month old. I've got a couple of zebra danios in there are the moment.
What I do is keep the sponge filter running in one of my established tanks then when I buy new fish, need a hospital tank, or one has babies I just fill the tank with water and transfer the sponge to the tank.
I agree with Barb. And k10smith has a good idea.
Some suggest 4 weeks as minimum. If the fish come from a reliable source, ich is probably the only likely issue and 2 weeks should cover this. Don't medicate unless the fish show obvious signs of a specific issue. In my 20+ years, aside from ich, I have only ever had two other problems with new fish, and had I been more careful in getting the fish I wouldn't have had those either.
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