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- Jan 12, 2019
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100% agreed.I get what you’re saying about limiting fish pests, but internal parasites and other hitchhikers you get often lay low and don’t show until the fish is at deaths doors.
We will still try to blame the less experienced if something goes wrong, it’s just something you will always find in this any most other hobbies.
The other thing is the time gaps you’re saying, a year is nowhere near enough time to get nice sized colonies. and often people will still get new things even after the fish, it’s just the thing - once a new coral or clam is available and starts to get popular, everyone will want it.
And again, I will restate;
You can not just guess what a fish will and won’t eat in terms of coral. And if you have the fish first, you only risk losing one or two of that coral over when you get the coral first, you risk loosing 5-6 of that same species.
You can be given guidelines but you will never 100% know.
Above I stated this is all about significantly reducing risk.
if your tank is fallow, chances are there are no fish parasites alive after 90 days.
If you introduce a fully quarantined fish, chances are that’s a clean fish.
the whole point is, to reduce risk to an extreme. We of course don’t know if your new yellow tang is going to attack euphyllia but that is besides the point. The point is, how can we reduce risk - set a strict effort to get all the corals you want. Fill that tank up.
once your tank is thriving, add your clean fish. The point you’re suggesting about we don’t know if a fish is going to eat your new coral is besides the point of the post, but I do hear what you’re saying it just isn’t targeting the point of risk reduction from a pest/disease point of view.
in this topic, I am 100% suggesting you’re not going to add a single coral, inver, clam, anemone, etc. whatever after your quarantined fish are added.
Once you add fish, the only new addition after your fish is yet another clean fish.
had a tank wipe out and all corals died except your fish? Well, I guess now you have to go find quarantined corals.
point is, it is much more difficult to ramp up with fish introduced first.