Its really interesting that its really about 70 percent that dont use prophylactic medication (another question would be - how many people need medication during observation) - but it implies that somewhere between 50 and 70 percent SHOULD be fine 'dropping the fish into the tank'. Most of these polls are about 60% dont 'QT' 40 percent 'do' - but there is always the issue of with or without medications'I'm surprised it's pretty even. QT can be a lot of work, especially TTM. But for me, better to be safe than sorry, and have all the other fish in the tank suffer.
Looks like we need a few more polls or a stats tracker.Its really interesting that its really about 70 percent that dont use prophylactic medication (another question would be - how many people need medication during observation) - but it implies that somewhere between 50 and 70 percent SHOUDL be fine 'dropping the fish into the tank'. Most of these polls are about 60% dont 'QT' 40 percent 'do' - but there is always the issue of with or without medications'
Same here . In 99 something wiped out my whole tank , without any spots or marks on the fish at all .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).
Thanks for sharing your story - unfortunately it takes a situation like this above for us to realise how important QT isI never used a QT before. I guess I just got lucky before. This time, not so much. Well, I now have velvet and possibly ich in the display that I believe possibly came in on frags from a well known vendor. I will not mention any names because I can’t prove it so it wouldn’t be fair. It all started happening within a day of putting those frags in. But, there is a fine line between causation and correlation, so who really knows.
Anyhow, all of my fish died. 10 died in the display before I could even gather everything to set up the QT within 2 days. I was able to get the 5 that were left out of the 15 I originally had into a QT but I guess it was too late for them as well. Now I am on my fallow period.
This is a huge set back and is devastating. I feel completely responsible and sick knowing that I could’ve prevented this had I just used a QT to begin with. Bitter pill to swallow. Safe to say that I have completely learned my lesson and will use a QT for fish and one for inverts/coral 100% of the time here on out. Lesson learned.
I have lost two fish this year in QT both foxface’s - one within 24 hours and got a credit the other was in observation after 4 weeks and went into a Powerhead for unknown reasonsMy tang I dropped in is doing great!
Another question, or two, or three...... would be, for those who DO quarantine, and prophylactic meds, etc. How many have had fish get sick and die? How many have had a tank get wiped out?
I’m sure there are still plenty of cases of that......
I agree that strict Quarantine will mitigate a lot of risk... but I think the success rate is very over-stated