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Quarantining A New Fish?

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes Quarantining A New Fish?

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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???

    #347612

    Eyrie
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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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    ShadowMac
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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 /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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