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View Poll Results: Do you quarantine new fish?
I Don't Bother 50 57.47%
Yes, for 1 week 4 4.60%
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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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do you quarantine?

I have never really bother quarantining new fish but I keep reading the importance of it..

Do you quarantine your new fish? If so for how long?
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 06:53 AM
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I seldom do for plants... I often feel too bad for fish...
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post #3 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 07:52 AM
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I only have one aquarium, so no quarantine at present. I've done it in the past, though, and probably will again.
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post #4 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 08:22 AM
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It depends. I usually don't quarantine if I know the source is reputable and if I've observed the fish. I only quarantine if the source is unknown or not as reputable and if I can't observe the fish (i.e. importing from other countries). In that case, I just quarantine for about a week or two with Epsom salt and regular table salt. If it's expensive fish, I'd quarantine with meds (antibiotics and parasite meds mainly).
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post #5 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 12:07 PM
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I'm with Mistahoo, I usually do not quarantine, but if its from an unkown source like a craigslist person, i will quarantine them.
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Know the source of the fish and where they've been.

LFS fish are a must. Even if the fish look healthy as horses.

A handful of breeders on Aquabid or nearby you, it's a waste of time.
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Always QT on new stuff going in established systems.
Quarantine is a pay for it now or pay later deal, later always costs a lot more.

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post #8 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 01:21 PM
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Yes... after receiving obviously sick fish last month I was SO happy that I planned to quarantine them so I wasn't scrambling to figure it out when they arrived. I haven't at times in the past... and while nothing bad happened I still think it's better to be safe than sorry.

I do "quarantine" plants, but more in the sense that I make sure I have somewhere to put them when they arrive, before deciding exactly where they go.
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any fish I receive a methylene blue treatment for a week before introduction into respective tanks, for betta's super tanic water for a week befoe into the tank

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Quarantine Question

Originally Posted by shift View Post
I have never really bother quarantining new fish but I keep reading the importance of it..

Do you quarantine your new fish? If so for how long?
Hello shift...

If you know your fish source and what to look for when purchasing your fish, I don't believe you need a separate quarantine tank. When I buy, I look for good color, an active fish that stays with the rest, no obvious skin problems, good fin development, clear eyes and looks well nourished. If there's the slightest blemish, I pass on it. Most things are common sense.

I also dose a little standard aquarium salt in my planted tanks. I'm "old school", so I'm a firm believer in the benefits of salt for the fishes' general health. And, most fish pathogens don't tolerate even a trace of salt in the tank water. Just my experience, though.


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from LFS or PetSmart YES
from Invertebrates by Msjinkzd No - I know she does

I DO make all fish wait minimum of a few hours though

longest quarantine has been 30 hours - however
1) My PetSmart fish were first fish in a shrimp tank
2) my LFS fish were joining said petsmart fish 35 hours later so let's be real LFS shouldn't kill petsmart fish (LFS = 10 hour alone time)
3) most of my other fish have been from Invertebrates by Msjinkzd - who I prefer going to
4) went to a not so local fish store and out of the 7 fish gave them 30 hours 2 died in Q, 1 in tank 5 days later - BUT they were otos so who knows... that being said my Parotocinclus from Msjinkzd had no problems so ????

if i had a fully cycled tank waiting at all times YES i'd Q always.

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post #12 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 01:39 PM
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I don't quarantine unless I bring expensive fish or I already have expensive/rare fish in the tank.
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post #13 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 01:52 PM
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I have a ten gallon set up and QT the fish, so far haven't had any problems and the fish have all survived. Even if the fish don't carry any disease or parasite, it seems like it doesn't hurt to give them a chance to recover from the stress of transport without having to deal with curious or slightly territorial tank mates. I wish I put the first purchase of plants in separate QT jars, the one anubias nana ended up being very sickly and the rhizome/ tuber rotted in the tank. Now I am afraid to put any other anubias plants in that tank. Would anyone like to post photos of their QT set ups for fish/ shrimp or plants?
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post #14 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 02:18 PM
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I always quarantine when I buy plants or fish from Walmart. Right now, their tanks are covered with white worms that look like parasites, so when I buy a new plant, I put it in a 5 gallon aquarium along with all the other plants. I have 2 plants that I put in a 3g aquarium and the reason that I haven't treated it yet is because it has seed shrimp which are fun to watch. Just letting all you guys know that I am looking for as much as seed shrimp for free or I may buy them(depending on how much).
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post #15 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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do you quarantine?

If I'm setting up a new tank (since rest are used). And I buy new fish from lfs would I still bother quarantining them since they are the first and only ones in the tank? Would any thing they may have actually transfer to the tank or would it dilute and be gone after a week or two?
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