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post #1 of 26 Old 04-26-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Sanitizing Fish Equipment

I think I just had a bout with columnaris.
I would upload a pic, but all the fish died in 2 days.
Looked like ich, then like a fungus, fuzzy patches, but then the caudal fins started to rot, and they were trailing white string from them.
I have some equipment that I need to sterilize. Any ideas?

also, any idea on how to proceed?
all that is left is a pleco which I think is dying. If I catch him, I'm going to euthanize him.
the plan I have is to sock the tank with meds, some water changes, and then sock it again.
anti bacterials, whatever I can get my hands one.
any input would be appreciated. so far it has not spread to the other tanks.

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post #2 of 26 Old 04-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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I've honestly never sanitized anything - I just let it dry, and clean with hot water. Not saying you should do the same - just saying what I do, which has worked out fine for me and the close to 30 tanks I've had over the years.

As for the pleco - I cull a fish when it fails the net test. If a fish is easily netted, then it is in deep trouble. If its able to avoid being netted, then it's still got some life in it and so there's hope.

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post #3 of 26 Old 04-26-2013, 07:36 PM
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u can always add some bleach, its safe to use to clean a tank with with no live stock in there. itll sanitize and still be safe for fish use after. I would use a good conditioner before restocking after use of bleach though.
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thanks mitch, the tank is heavily planted, so not sure the bleach would be good for that.
for hot water, I would heat it close to boiling, many bacteria can form cysts, spores or other protection to survive desiccation.

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plants would copunt as love stock :P ive had success with the bleach method after nuking a tank after a similar problem. to each their own =D
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post #6 of 26 Old 04-26-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, I agree, bleach would fix the problem. would probably also nuke my aquariapure. I just hope that filter does not harbor the columnaris as well.

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ahh yea no experience with the aquariapure thingy, maybe post in their section see what they think?
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post #8 of 26 Old 04-27-2013, 06:10 PM
All this happened in two days? Normally ich or fungus takes much longer to develop and to start killing fish.
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post #9 of 26 Old 04-28-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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mcompagno, I think it is columnaris, so i was using all the wrong treatment. and the speed with which it murdered everything also points to it. I wish it weren't so, highly contagious and damned hard to get rid of.

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post #10 of 26 Old 05-01-2013, 12:51 PM
Oh man...I just did some research on that disease...nasty stuff! How is it avoidable?
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