July 26, 2011
Yes, because a simple visual inspection does not give any indication of any internal parasites that may be present. The stress caused by the move from a shop to a home can lower the immune system of the fish which makes it more vulnerable to any disease or parasite that may be present. Isolating the fish in a quarantine tank makes it easier to monitor the new arrival to ensure that it is healthy and not carrying anything which will infect your existing fish. If a problem does arise, it is then simpler to treat a quarantine tank that a full sized aquarium.
March 5, 2012
as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...
although i don't know if they say that in the UK /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> it may be in metric....
a gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure, perhaps. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
Quarantine tanks do not need to be complex. A bare bottom tank with a heater and a basic HOB filter and/or airstone would be sufficient. I have some sand and a fake tree stump with caves to make the fish "feel" a little safer.
I have failed to quarantine in the past and have always paid for it. It catches up to you eventually.
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