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The process of the Quarantine tank. What is yours?

I am about to be getting some long-finned white clouds A.K.A Meteor Minnows. My buddy who is a the inventory manager at a LFS is grabbing 7 of them for me @ $5 a pop but ordered 25 in total. I am gong to pick them up straight from them being delivered to his store so I can get the cream of the crop.

My quarantine has been set up for months and has been housing the olive nerite runts I didnt want to sell. What I want to achieve in the quarantine process is several things. 1) An environment for the white clouds that will make them the most relaxed to reduce stress and 2) an environment where I can combat issues that might arise.

I currently am running an aquaclear 30 on the 10g for maximum filtration and flow. There is no air stone but I am not aware that one is important or not in a quarantine tank, is it? I keep my temp at 78. Now 78 might be to high for the white clouds, maybe I should lower it to 70 and raise it if need be. I am thinking of adding a little salt to boost the electrolites but I dont want to hit them with a much different water conditions then they are used to.

What would your QT process be if you were in my shoes?

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Same kind of thing. 10g tank with extra filtration and high temp. Feed twice a day and add a little salt if need be. The high temp helps them get over anything they have faster or bring out anything you might not see right away like ick and with the combined twice a day feedings they tend to put on a nice amount of weight. If you want to be extra sure they are parasite free do a round of treatment I use maracide concentrate.
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78 is to high for WCMM...turn it to 70 unless they have ick.

they are really hardy salt will be pointless unless they are sick

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The best way to QT new fish (IMO) is to keep them in a similar environment to where you will be keeping them full time in the future. I have a heavily planted 20g tank I use for Qt purposes. I run the same CO2, ferts, lighting, etc. that I do in my main tanks. Once I decide to move them (often times many months later when I get new fish) I know they are well acclimated to the conditons they are moving to.

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You want to start them in an environment as close as possible to where they're being kept NOW at the LFS, temperature, pH, hardness.

I QT new fish for a minimum of 2 weeks. In the 2nd week if all the fish still seem healthy and good to go, I start doing PWC every few days and replacing the water in the QT tank with water from their destination tank. By the time the fish are transferred to their new tank, the QT tank should be compromised almost exclusively of water from the new tank- which means no additional acclimation other than matching temps is necessary.

I almost always QT new fish in a low salt dosage, about 1/2 tsp per gallon (or sometimes less if they're scaleless fish and seem healthy throughout).





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well I just picked up my LF White Clouds. They look STUNNING. I paid more then I wanted to, $6.50 a piece. I picked up 6 for now and I think in a few days I will grab a few more. They acclimated fine and ate some golden pearls real fast. I think they are going to look awsome.

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