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How to prevent bacteria infection

Warmer months are near,

There are threads talking about how bacteria infection is diagnosed but not really how to prevent it from happening.

I see that keeping the temperature low is one of them, keep the water clean with water changes but anything else?

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I've wondered about this too considering I lost a bunch of OEBT to infection and I'm getting ready to start a nano tiger tank soon. I'd like to do what I can to prevent this again. I'm wondering other than clean water and lower temps, would a UV light help at all? Something in-line with the filter, low flow, high watts?

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'bad' bacteria doesn't just happen in a closed system,,, it enters carried by something.

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'bad' bacteria doesn't just happen in a closed system,,, it enters carried by something.
I'm sure folks that have had bacterial infections run rampant just from warm temps would argue with you. Bacteria is present in all tanks, OEBTs have a very weak immune system from what I've researched which makes them more susceptible. So if the shrimp gets stressed from warmer temps they can become susceptible to bacteria they were strong against before. IAL, alder cones, catappa bark, some forms of cinnamon, and many others are natural preventatives.
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I'm sure folks that have had bacterial infections run rampant just from warm temps would argue with you. Bacteria is present in all tanks, OEBTs have a very weak immune system from what I've researched which makes them more susceptible. So if the shrimp gets stressed from warmer temps they can become susceptible to bacteria they were strong against before. IAL, alder cones, catappa bark, some forms of cinnamon, and many others are natural preventatives.
Can't say it better myself. Stress is the number one issue in shrimp keeping, bacteria infection is just one of the symptoms. Anything to reduce stress will help reduce bacteria infection.
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is there any benefit in shrimp from melafix like it is supposed to for fish?
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Melafix and/or Pimafix during water changes might be good for preventatives. I did both and still lost a whole colony of OEBTs so take it for what it's worth.
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I dose melafix after my Sunday water change every week but not my Thursday. Can't say if it actually helps but it has not killed any of them. I usually dose a little more than half strength.
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I have never had bacterial infections in any of my shrimp, and can proudly say I have not had an OEBT death due to unnatural circumstances.

Temps are a constant 69 and I always have 2-3 IAL in. I am also religious about water quality and foreign contaminates.

Even with my other Neos and Cards, I find I don't need to dose any preventative medications so long as I am careful in maintaining a healthy environment.
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Also, products with beta glucan are supposed to be good for immune support. I feed Mosura Tonic Pro.
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I have never had bacterial infections in any of my shrimp, and can proudly say I have not had an OEBT death due to unnatural circumstances.

Temps are a constant 69 and I always have 2-3 IAL in. I am also religious about water quality and foreign contaminates.

You know you just jinxed yourself right?
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You know you just jinxed yourself right?
I knocked on the nearest driftwood, I'll be fine.
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I knocked on the nearest driftwood, I'll be fine.

WHEW! As long as you did that! I seriously, will delete comments I make on here for fear of the jinx.
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WHEW! As long as you did that! I seriously, will delete comments I make on here for fear of the jinx.
Hahaha for some reason I can see you doing that. To funny, I am big on jinx and karma of sorts myself.
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