Beginners Guide to Acclimation and Quarantine

My goal is to provide a simplified guide on how to acclimate and do a basic quarantine of fish. The quarantine method I am recommending is not...
  1. mdd1986

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    ok thanks. I like your approach of a freshwater dip at the 3 day mark prior to treating prazipro. If I see flukes I will treat if not I will treat with pazipro as you recommended. If no flukes I will just do the CP for 30 days.
     

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    Just remember to do a dip again after the 30 days, or at least toward the end of the 30 days. Doing it at the start is to check for a severe infestation that could impact the health of the fish immediately. Doing it at the end will show if there were just a handful that came with a fish. You really only need to do one fish if in a group since if one has them they all will. If one is clear they all should be clear.
     
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    Awesome thank you for the tip.
     
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    well flukes confirmed. I dipped both fish I had in my QT and one had alot of flukes floating in the water after the dip. Fish looked perfectly healthy and eating as well. I guess you never now for sure until you dip. Treating with pazipro now. The information in this thread is invaluable.
     
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    I'm glad you found it useful!
     
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    What's the best type of copper medication to use?
    I've seen coppersafe and cupramine. Is there one that better then the others? are there any differences?
     
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    Cupramine is "ionic" copper. Its therapeutic dose is .35 - .5ml/L (ppm), and the test kits you'd use to confirm that would be either by Seachem or Salifert.

    Coppersafe is a brand of "chelated" copper, and can be somewhat more gentle with some fish. Its therapeutic dose is 1.5 - 2ml/L, and the appropriate test kits are API and CHEMetrics.

    ~Bruce
     
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    Maritimer summed it up perfectly.

    The only thing I would add is to take a look at this chart. It shows how each species is likely to respond to each type of copper.
    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/fish-and-treatment-guidelines-with-chart.283450/
     
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    Can anyone tell me what the shelf life is on medications like coppersafe and prazi?
    Getting ready to place an order for some stuff to have on hand when i set up my 20 gallon quarantine but dont know how big of bottles i should get
     
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    I don't know that Coppersafe has a shelf life. It will start to crystalize around the top after a year or two but my understanding is that it is still useable.
    Prazipro has a shelf life of 5 years. Personally, I wouldn't use it after 2 to 3 years because it starts getting cloudy.
    I believe Metroplex and Kanaplex have a shelf life of 2 years.
     
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    Just read through this again.. I'm getting close to buying my first fish and am getting paranoid that I will mess something up with the acclimation/quarantine process.
    I see here you say this is just the bare minimum quarantine and that if you were getting more sensitive fish you would do a more thorough quarantine..
    I plan on adding a powder blue down the line so i dont want to only do the bare minimum but I only plan on having one quarantine tank set up. What would be the more thorough quarantine method?
     
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    I recommend reading this for a more thorough QT practice.
    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/how-to-quarantine.189815/
     
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