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Quarantining A New Fish?
March 17, 2012
5:52 am
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rmo_3000
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Hi all, I was just reading on Tropical Fish Magazine online that it "it’s of the utmost importance to quarantine any new fishes for at least four weeks" in order to avoid the spread of parasites/disease. Is this true even if the new fish looks perfectly healthy???

March 17, 2012
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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.

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March 19, 2012
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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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