Do you quarantine?

Do you quarantine?

  • Yes, no medicine

  • No, just drop em in.

  • No, but I observe fish prior to putting them in and do my best to maintain a healthy environment

  • Yes, with medicine.


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I never did, I would observe fish and make sure they eat. After a velvet outbreak I will qt moving foward and medicate
I feel like velvet is one of the main reasons people do. Wouldn’t this hobby be so much better without disease? Gah!
 
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I observe them at the shop and drop 'em in the tank. 20+ years later I'm doing pretty well (had something wipe out a tank around '96-97 but not sure what).
Impressive.. ‘96-‘97 is out of statute of limitations. As far as I’m concerned you’ve been 100% successful haha
 

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I feel like velvet is one of the main reasons people do. Wouldn’t this hobby be so much better without disease? Gah!
What makes it hard is most LFS medicate there fish to hide any diseases and are usually not in there long enough to kill whatever parasite they have. A week passes by and they throw in more fish into there system. At this point it’s safe to say all lfs fish have something and it’s up to the consumer to act accordingly. 15 years ago I did not QT or would ever think about it just feed.
 
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What makes it hard is most LFS medicate there fish to hide any diseases and are usually not in there long enough to kill whatever parasite they have. A week passes by and they throw in more fish into there system. At this point it’s safe to say all lfs fish have something and it’s up to the consumer to act accordingly. 15 years ago I did not QT or would ever think about it just feed.
Don’t forget the trade ins... who knows what the fish have that people trade to LFS
 

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Don’t forget the trade ins... who knows what the fish have that people trade to LFS
Yup! I’ve seen lfs dump trade in fish directly into there display without even Temp acclimating. I don’t blame or knock them. They operate a business not a hospital!
 
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I've had my tank up for a month now and no fish as of yet. But when I do introduce fish I won't be quarantining. Not because I don't want to, but because it's impossible, at this point, to have a QT: I've pushed my limits in the house with the tank, ro/di water system and other equipment. I'm going to try my best to follow Paul b.'s method... but it makes it more difficult with a new system.

The other option I am considering is buying my fish from Aqua Locker (which I am planning to do regardless) and have them quarantine for 45 days. I know it's not perfect, but my options are limited.
 
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I've had my tank up for a month now and no fish as of yet. But when I do introduce fish I won't be quarantining. Not because I don't want to, but because it's impossible, at this point, to have a QT: I've pushed my limits in the house with the tank, ro/di water system and other equipment. I'm going to try my best to follow Paul b.'s method... but it makes it more difficult with a new system.

The other option I am considering is buying my fish from Aqua Locker (which I am planning to do regardless) and have them quarantine for 45 days. I know it's not perfect, but my options are limited.
Nothing wrong with that method. Personally, i only buy from reputable sources and observe before putting them in. I did get flukes once, so i may start doing a FW dip for now on, but that’s wasn’t too bad getting rid of. Other than the one time getting flukes, I’ve never had issues
 

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I've had my tank up for a month now and no fish as of yet. But when I do introduce fish I won't be quarantining. Not because I don't want to, but because it's impossible, at this point, to have a QT: I've pushed my limits in the house with the tank, ro/di water system and other equipment. I'm going to try my best to follow Paul b.'s method... but it makes it more difficult with a new system.

The other option I am considering is buying my fish from Aqua Locker (which I am planning to do regardless) and have them quarantine for 45 days. I know it's not perfect, but my options are limited.
You either fully commit to QT/treatment or you dont bother, there is no in between.
 

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Nothing wrong with that method. Personally, i just be sure to only buy from reputable sources and observe putting them in. I did get flukes once, so i may start doing a FW dip for now on, but that’s wasn’t too bad getting rid of
I'm only looking at 2 sources for my fish and corals. AquaLocker as i previously said, and PacificEastAquaculture--I can actually drive and pick up my stuff from PEA. PEA has a great reputation and I will probably get all of my corals from them to start, and my most expensive fish--a pair of designer clowns.

P.S. I actually started preparing myself for a complete crash.;Hilarious
 
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I'm only looking at 2 sources for my fish and corals. AquaLocker as i previously said, and PacificEastAquaculture--I can actually drive and pick up my stuff from PEA. PEA has a great reputation and I will probably get all of my corals from them to start, and my most expensive fish--a pair of designer clowns.

P.S. I actually started preparing myself for a complete crash.;Hilarious

The only thing I’m really nervous for is velvet. I feel even with ich that after you understand the parasite well enough, it’s not nearly as bad as i thought it was when i first started the hobby. outbreaks are a thing of the past and now i focus on the fish’s health way more than i used to
 

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The only thing I’m really nervous for is velvet. I feel even with ich that after you understand the parasite well enough, it’s not nearly as bad as i thought it was when i first started the hobby.
I agree. I've done a lot of reading and velvet is the scary one. I'm not putting thousands of dollars of fish and corals in my tank. I'm taking it very slowly--one fish and one coral at a time--and see what happens.
 
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