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Wild Fish Quarantine.
March 15, 2011
5:38 am
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Nikhil
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Hi Guys,

Have been collecting wild fish for over a year now almost. I see that few of the fish come in and develop a secondary bacterial infection over 2-3 weeks and if not diagnosed in time can result in mass mortalities.

What I wanted to ask was that what sort of quarantine procedures should be followed if anyone here can help me with that.

The tanks or ponds that the fish go in to have sponge filters for filtration and air stones running. Most fish are given a 50% water change every second day and are fed live daphnia cultured at the farm. Only any Channa sp. collected are just dumped in ponds and just given food with water changes every 3 weeks and have loads of floating plants (not clogging the surface) and Hornwort to keep the nitrate buildup in check.

March 17, 2011
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Nik how able are you to separate new batches of fishes from existing ones?

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March 17, 2011
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Matt I have separate ponds for quarantine nothing from that area enters my stocking area and vice versa. As for aquariums I have 5 aquariums just meant for quarantine. Old fish are never kept in same tanks/ponds as old stock as sometimes fish have been there for a while and I do not want any territorial fighting etc.

If I get new fish in, old fish are sometimes moved to ponds where they can stay with compatible fish.

March 17, 2011
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Do you treat new arrivals with anything as a matter of course?

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March 18, 2011
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Matt I am not a big fan of using too many meds but I do make sure that the fish have a big enough tank that has water similar to their requirements and lots of aeration.

But in the case of fish being injured during transport they are given a light dose of Methylene blue and if it persists they get 1ml/100ltr dose of FMC. But all loaches etc are never given FMC they will be given a half dose of Methylene blue.

March 19, 2011
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What's FMC Nik?

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March 21, 2011
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Hi Matt,

FMC is a mix of Formaldehyde, Methylene blue and Malachite green. Its mixed as Malachite green (3.5gms) + Methylene blue (3.5gms) + Formalin (1ltr) I dose this at 1ml/100ltr but if sensitive fish or anything new then they get a half dose. I got this combination from Gerald bassleer's book.

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