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Why you Quarantine for several weeks!!
Old 03-01-2014, 08:15 PM   #11
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Hello Seahorse;
I see you frequently experience livestock loss and pandemic outbreaks. Since this is what you experience it is a good thing for you to quarantine. Do you also quarantine live plants?

Do you ever consider the effects of stress from moving the critters from quarantine tank to display aquariums? Are there other ill effects from quarantining critters?
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:36 PM   #12
 
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Quar is cheap insurance, the bigger the setup the cheaper it is. If it was possibly exposed to other aquatic life quar it, plants, snails, substrate, whatever.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:45 PM   #13
 
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Hello Seahorse;
I see you frequently experience livestock loss and pandemic outbreaks. Since this is what you experience it is a good thing for you to quarantine. Do you also quarantine live plants?

Do you ever consider the effects of stress from moving the critters from quarantine tank to display aquariums? Are there other ill effects from quarantining critters?
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Well pop, I do not qt plants. Never have. Never thought there was a reason to. Yes I have had some bad experiences by adding critters to my tanks and losing a beloved fish or 2. Yes I do get attached to the odd one for some reason. I just seem to have a good mix right now and don't wish to mess with it. And my office was lonely to sit in with an empty tank next to me. The Honey's Gouramis make me smile.

Tolak: Good advice. I will think twice before I add anything to the 75 gallon. Thanks. The Boese Boys are the same 2 you helped me with that Sat morning when I had an issue. I still have them.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:08 PM   #14
 
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crazy, wonder why it took so long to show up! I try to quarantine my fish but sometimes I can be impatient. I only waited a week with my electric blue ram.... So far I have not been punished by the universe for my impatience... So far... Guess I should be careful of the diseases that surface later on...


I think another interesting thing you can do it be certain there's no disease is, if the tank is large enough, add one of your current fish. In case the newcomer is immune and a carrier you'll find out... It may sound mean but it's better than them all getting sick... That is, after quarantining for a while to be pretty certain it's fine. My thinking is like bringing small pox to the Americas. Native Americans who were not exposed to it before were especially susceptible. Think this could happen?
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:41 PM   #15
 
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Hello;

I donít see where this thread says anything about the reasons to Quarantine for several weeks. Is quarantining a waste of time like purchasing master api test kits that advises one to add salt to freshwater tanks if there is a high nitrite reading? Do you quarantine live plants or will quarantining only apply for critter control?



I just float the bag and let the fish go. I have never experienced any noticeable livestock loss or pandemic breakouts. DO you experience noticeable livestock loss or had pandemic outbreaks?

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Everything that goes into a show tank is quarantined for at least a month. I'm not sure what kind of fish you keep, but I have like $500 worth of fish in just one tank. To put my investment in needless risk is just crazy, IMO.

Last time I didn't properly quarantine was several years ago - I ended up with neon tetra disease and lost 85% of a fully stocked 30 gallon tank. Had I quarantined even for the minimum of 2 weeks that disaster would have been avoided.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:25 PM   #16
 
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I think another interesting thing you can do it be certain there's no disease is, if the tank is large enough, add one of your current fish. In case the newcomer is immune and a carrier you'll find out... It may sound mean but it's better than them all getting sick... That is, after quarantining for a while to be pretty certain it's fine. My thinking is like bringing small pox to the Americas. Native Americans who were not exposed to it before were especially susceptible. Think this could happen?

This is something that's often done in saltwater setups, many of which make my $500 look like chump change. When you've got thousands of dollars tied up in livestock you better believe many of them move fish from the show tank to the quarantine tank.

In my own experience, I had 6 chanchitos (cichlids) in a 55 gallon tank with a couple of schools. I added a school of giant danios that were quarantined for a month. In the next 2 days 3 of the cichlids died - fish that I'd had in that tank for 6 months. As it was I only wanted to keep 2 of them so it wasn't really a problem.

Sometimes things like that happen. Things you cannot account for, even though you do everything right.

Some people are able to dodge bullets for years and years. Good for them Like driving without insurance, its all well and good till you get caught.


I will add though, that it's extremely rare that anything serious ever happens in quarantine in my experience.

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:05 AM   #17
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hello;
Thanks all for the answers so qt is a form of insurance. What can I say but live and learn.
I do have one more question since qt tanks are temp abode for critters how do you keep the qt cycled?
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:58 AM   #18
 
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VERY good question since a QT should be cycled. My quarantine tanks run 24/7 so I don't have to do anything. People who set theirs up and break them down move media from their main tank to the quaratine tank.
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