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  1. I have a 5.5 gallon I was using as a hospital tank for a couple of fish that got sick during the quarantine/meds phase of my new tank. Unfortunately, the fish died, and I believe one of them had columnaris. The hospital tank has new gravel, a filter that was new when I put it in the tank, a heater and some floating plants I can keep in there or throw away. It will be a while before I buy more fish. I'd like to leave the hospital tank up and running to use as a QT tank when I do get more. But I don't want any germs the deceased fish had to stay in the tank and attack the new fish. What's the best way to proceed--how long to keep new fish out of that tank, and how to minimize the risk of anything deadly still being in there? TIA!
  2. I brought 6 Julii Corydoras home from my LFS yesterday, put them into quarantine, and fed them live bloodworms hoping to fatten them up before medicating. One had what I thought was an injured Pectoral fin and possible injury to his swim bladder. I put him into a separate nursery tank I was preparing that had already been medicated with Methylene Blue, hoping to prevent infection. This morning he had passed away, and I noticed that a few of the other Corys now had large portions of their fins missing and fraying. Other than the damaged fins, I have not seen any signs of the remaining 5 acting unusual. They are resting together in their shoal and traveling up to the top of the tank for air. I am guessing this is fin rot, but I have never dealt with this before with my livebearers. The picture I added is the one who seems to be in the worst shape. His entire tailfin has completely frayed away. I have added aquarium salt to their tank at half the usual dose; although, I know there is conflicting information about how sensitive to it corys really are. On hand, I have the Quarantine Trio, Methylene Blue, API Aquarium Salt and Malachite Green. In the past, I have known people to use Maracyn 2 for Fin rot, but I can't find it anywhere at a reasonable price or that could be shipped to me in time. Will regular Maracyn work? Should I go get Malefix from Petco? Water Parameters: pH: 7.2 Nitrates: ~15 ppm Hardness: ~200 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Ammonia: 0 ppm KH/Buffer: ~40 ppm Water Temperature: 79.1F
  3. Just got some new fish in, put a sponge filter from one of my other tanks into a 10 gallon. Drip acclimated the fish, filled the 10 with some fresh water and added the fish. The next day the tank is as really cloudy so I tested the water. 2ppm ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate. So I’m guessing the sponge filter hardly collected any beneficial bacteria while in the other tank. Maybe the canister filter handles all the bio load so the sponge didn’t have any? Anyways, should I fully cycle and just do water changes every day and then medicate? If I have to do a full cycle in the 10 gallon I’m guessing their all going to spend awhile in that quarantine tank?
  4. I am setting up a quarantine tank for new additions and am hoping for some advice. Right now I have my sponge filter media hanging out in my hang-on filter to get seeded. I figure this is the best way to get the tank cycled. I will be first using it to quarantine some anubias for a few days, and then after they are done, will use it for fish if it is okay cycle-wise. I will be adding some frogbit, since I have a ton in the main tank, and I figure it will help make the quarantine tank be a little more secluded. I am also putting in some rocks as well some wood. One I get the new fish in there, I am planing to use the Med-Trio. However, I am worried this will destroy my biological filter because of the anti bacteria meds. I am wondering what to do here, as if destroys the filter, how can I safely keep the new fish? Any people have experience here?
  5. Going to get some African Dwarf frogs for some fry control. Do you guys QT? I know many don’t QT inverts but wasn’t sure on frogs.
  6. So I have learned the hard way that you need to quarantine fish before putting them into your community tank after a bunch of my tetras died (both new and old) in my 10 gallon. I’m going to set up a quarantine tank but I don’t have a big budget, I found a 10 dollar filter and 14 dollar heater on Amazon that I was going to use plus a plastic bucket that’s roughly 10 gallons. Can I leave the tank bare with only water? And if I do that, how long will it take to cycle just water in a bucket? Any other tips for quarantining? Thanks for anything you can add 🙂
  7. Hi everyone I have been in the hobby for a long time, and during that time I have never quarantine new fish. I know, you would think I would no better, but I always thought the meds would do more harm then good especially if I was going to breed them. I have had only two instances of a major outbreak in over 30 years. One I was able to get through with a lot of hard work and worry with only two casualties in a well stocked 125 gallon aquarium with various schools of Tetras and Corries. The second instances years later caught me off guard and cost me nearly the entire tank. Needless to say, I have changed my opinion on quarantine. Having said that and having rebuilt my dream aquarium back to its original glory and now having had it up and running for more than 5 years , I will always be quarantining any new fish. Now that I have seen the error of my ways, I want to know how long to quarantine if I use the Aquarium Co op, method of preventative treatment. I have listened to and watched the various videos, so I get the 3 med one week treatment, but after that initial week how much longer do most of you quarantine your new arrivals. I was thinking another 2 weeks after the first. I was also wondering should I start water changing out the meds with 30% weekly for the following 2 weeks, before placing the new arrivals in to my display tanks.
  8. I wanted to journal my first time using a quarantine tank and med trio. Would like to get the best success with adding new fish to my community tank. Setup my tank and used a sponge that was already seasoned. Added beneficially bacteria to boost the cycle process. This tank has been setup now for 1 week and I continued to monitor the parameters. Everything is moving along. Today I received my CPD's from aqua huna. They came in very quick from the west to the east coast. Two days...amazing. Fish look very healthy and were excited to get out of the bag after I acclimated them. After 1 hour in the tank they started to get their color in. I will be starting the med trio today as directed by @Coryas I want to give them their best shot. All my water change and equipment used on the tank will be separated from my community tank equipment so I do not get cross contamination. Learned that from one of @Irene videos. I will continue to update as I progress through this new journey. Hopefully all turns out well as these are a fish I been wanting to keep for awhile now.🤞
  9. I just need to vent a bit. I’ve never felt more alone and not knowing what to do in this hobby than right now. I bought some guppies who developed fin rot and then it spread to my rummies. I did not have a quarantine tank (which I now regret). I bought one and tried to kickstart it but I lost all of the rummies and 1 guppy. The other 2 don’t look like they are going to make it. Should they die, should I completely empty and clean the 20 gallon QT and then seed it so it is ready for my new purchases? I’m baffled on why they got fin rot in the first place. All water parameters were good, it overfed. I’ve really lost my confidence here. Thanks for listening.
  10. Hi all, I could use some advice.. I live in Tucson, AZ and we've got a somewhat limited selection of pet stores so I thought I'd try out the store on the far side of town. I first went to look and thought the fish looked pretty good, so I came back the next week to check again and ended up getting a group of 7 Panda Corys despite a lone dead fish in the tank which obviously made me a little wary. I got home, added them to my quarantine tank, dosed with the med trio, and observed. I lost the first 2 by the next morning. I lost another later that day, 2 more the next morning, and by the 3rd morning they were all gone. Along the way I watched for signs, checked ammonia, monitored temp, and did not feed but it wasn't until the last morning that I noticed some potential gill flukes. Did I miss something here? Should I have immediately changed tactics after the first fish died? If I see a dead fish at the store is that an automatic red flag? Does this "just happen" sometimes? Is there an issue with the quarantine tank? Should I reach out to the fish store? Quarantine tank is a 10g plastic clear tote with lid and extra holes added. I have a quiet flow 10 internal filter and an air stone. The tank is ~77F with no heater during the summer because the house temp is quite steady. I keep it bare bottom with fake plants with some snails to keep a small bio load in there. I've had it going for about 3 months and have moved 2 previous groups of guppies through it that are now doing well in a display tank.
  11. I have had 5 corydoras in Quarantine for a month now. They have been treated with 2 rounds of paracleanse. They have been growing well and no longer have swollen stomachs. Went to go get them to move to my main tank and found one looking like the picture below taking its final breaths. obviously transfer is on hold. Remaining 4 look fine swimming around. There are bladder snails, MTS, and mystery snails in the tank with Java fern and hornwort. Nitrate is 20-30 temp 78 kH ~3 ammonia and nitrite 0 gH 7 pH 7.8 What could cause this? What do I need treat with again to clear the remainder in quarantine? thanks
  12. I have a LF super red pleco in the QT tank. He will be ready to come out soon and enter the 40 Gallon tank. I had a cave in there but he didn't see interested in it at all. He prefers to suck the small piece of wood, sponge filter and walls. I was hoping he would use the cave and I could just pick it up and move it. I have an ACO cave in the 40G ready for him should I try that one? its a different style than the cheap water spike I was using. so.. How do I get him out? I am afraid to use a net. Any recommendations would be REALLY appreciated. He is not skinny but is not really interested in eating anything I give him. I am hoping that once he is in the larger heavily planted tank he will be much happier. See 40G pic below
  13. Hi! My big sailfin molly has had this white splotch on his sail fin, not letting him completely open his majestic sail. Until a few days ago it turned red, and now I'm getting worried. He had this on him when I got him, an I really need advice on how to get rid of it or what it is. I got help from Petco and they said add Maracyn, so I've done that. Anything would help. I think it's a fungal disease, but I'm not sure. Thanks!
  14. I just finished planting my 6th and my husband seriously hopes my final tank. Fiscally that's our best choice. I thought I was finished a couple months ago but I found out the "Momma" in me just couldn't handle seeing the babies being eaten and I'm not a good sales person, so my guppy breeding tank was the last one to be transformed. I do have my hospital tank that I hate to just have sit there. (Any ideas, or is it even possible to have anything in a tank that will be the quarantine/hospital tank while it's not needed for Q&H and stay in it while others are being quarantined and medicated) It's a 20 gallon tank, with everything. Even plants, I know that's not best but it looks so pretty.
  15. I went to do a baseline chemistry before starting the med trio in the QT tank. THANK GOODNESS I did (and always do). All the fish are fine, no distress swimming normal no signs of illness at all. PH 6.8 (baseline 7.4) Ammonia: 1.0 ppm (baseline 0) Nitrites: 1.0 ppm(Baseline 0) Nitrates: 40 ppm (Baseline 20) Temp 79.6 (I usually have it higher when in QT) (baseline 78.4) I noticed POOP 💩 everywhere.. they must have had a poop party (I fed them a bit when they arrived yesterday). I did a STAT 60% water change, vacuumed up all the poop and cleaned the sponge filters of poop as well. Added prime to the new water (2 full caps). Folks are not kidding that plecos poop A LOT. Its a 10G QT tank with 5 guppies and 1 pleco in. WOW. I have never seen so much poop in that tank! Glad I was able to see it on the bare bottom and most of it out. It was even all over the sponge filters! I am going to re check the chemistry tonight and tomorrow A. I am thinking I will start the QT med trio tomorrow morning to make sure the chemistry is back to baseline. Is that the right step?? Do I need to wait longer to start meds?
  16. Seven days ago, I pulled 5 of my 6 gold barbs from my 75 gallon because all five were lethargic and sometimes tilting head down. One was also missing it's tail. No other outward signs of problems with these fish and only thing odd that happened in the tank was the barbs gorged on Congo tetra eggs that morning. I put them in quarantine and started treating them with Kanaplex. So far, I've lost one Monday and probably losing the tailless one today (so will be down to 3 barbs in quarantine tank). I've given the max of three Kanaplex dosages (Thursday, Saturday, and Monday), but only one of the barbs looks normal now. My question is: when can I pull the one healthy barb out of quarantine? Since it's a schooling fish, I don't want it to get too stressed by being in there by itself, assuming the other barbs also pass away, but I don't know what is going on with them and don't want to give something to the rest of the fish in the main tank.
  17. How long should I let new fish settle into quarantine tank before giving the "Med-Trio" or is it ok to start right away?
  18. Hi there! This is more of a hypothetical question, as I haven't purchased shrimp yet (though I plan to get about 5 amanos for my 29 gallon in the future). I am aware that shrimp tend to prefer well-established tanks and they are sensitive to changes in their environment. Do you quarantine new inverts like shrimp for a month like you do with fish? I'm concerned this might do a little more harm than good since a quarantine tank would be hastily set-up and not 'well-established' like my main tank. I just purchased my first 10 gal quarantine tank this week after a run-in with fish disease, and I'm trying to plan ahead. Thanks!
  19. I have some guppies in the QT tank and they have been through their first QT trio, and 1 round of de worming. They are in the 2 week rest period and will receive their second round of deworming. Last night I saw a baby in the fake plants I have in there. Both the females are pregnant, and on is VERY preggo. She may have had more, but they may have been a nice delicious snack 😞 But there is 1 in there that I can see, swimming in the plants. Probably more to come. Question: Can I continue to de worm if there are babies in the tank? I do have a breeding net box ready to go, but not sure if it will stress them out more or not. AND.. I have a bacterial bloom happening in there suddenly as well UGH! This tank has been PERFECT till now..ALL chemistry is normal. I am feeding them now only to protect the babies from being a snack. But once the de worming #2 starts, I will not feed them till post treatment.
  20. Hey all, we have an Angelfish here who I think is experiencing fin rot?: See pics But no other fish in the community are experiencing any issues. Water balance and ph is all checking out healthy as can be, no issues or obvious causes. I have been cleaning the water and tank but doesn’t seem to be making any change. So looking into the interwebs I am seeing that aquarium salt can be an effective fungal or bacterial killer if used right. Since I have live plants in the main aquarium I didn’t want to disrupt that balance. I have started him today in a small isolation tank along and planning to change the water daily with 2tsp aquarium salt / gallon for next 7-10 days. Does this sound like a good plan or should I just follow the directions on the article these guys posted from coop and just do antibiotics?
  21. My fish have successfully completed QT and are ready to go into the main tank. Is there anything special I need to know? I was thinking of adding them in the morning, because my lights in the tank don't turn on till 1 in the afternoon. The water parameters are the same, but want to make sure that after all this time and effort I don't do something I shouldn't. Thanks everyone!
  22. I started keeping fish 6 months ago and have never quarantined I buy fish from petco petsmart and my local fish store. However I take precautions. Like only buying healthy looking active fish in tanks with no sick fish. I also always add aquarium salt whenever i do a water change and I have started running the uv filter for a few days whenever i add new fish. So my question is is this a viable alternative to quarantining? I know it wont help with any internal parasites. Have I just been lucky? Any thoughts or advice associated.
  23. Received a fish shipment yesterday. Part of that shipment included some Gambusia mosquito fish that will go into my existing 29g community in our bedroom. I stuck them into quarantine immediately to monitor for AT LEAST 2 weeks, since I know mosquito fish tend to be raised in far less than ideal conditions. Really glad I did. I checked them this morning after the lights came on. They've settled in enough that they had come out of hiding. 3 of the 12 are showing signs of fungal infection. Ack! 2 of those 3 are in good shape and look healthy otherwise, with only one tufted spot each on fins. The third isn't as robust in appearance and has more. Here's the best shot I've gotten of that one so far. It's impossible to make out of in the photo, but the pectoral fin on that side has 3 or 4 tufts it. You can see the shape of them in the photo, but the fish is too active for me to capture that without movement. The one of top of her head looks like a roughed up scale in the photo but when you look more closely at the actual fish, it's actually a cottony cluster. This particular fish also has a thinner profile than the rest - that sunken in belly. None of the others - either males or females - have that going on. Not sure if this girl will make it, but I'm hoping she'll turn around. I've got the AC Med Trio on the way (meant to have it in hand already but forgot to order it in time). Which med(s) should I use when they arrive?
  24. My two gold fishes got internal parasite, thy are in hospital tank. Removed carbon for medication only active in air pump. Can I use Purigen and Bio Rings to the hospital tank filer system instead of carbon. I want to make sure Purigen and Bio Ring are not like Carbon effect. Medication instructions stated remove carbon bit nothing else stated. Please advise.
  25. I know I said I'd wait at least a week, but the fish in quarantine are looking so good and energetic and I'm so eager to get them back in their tank, which is currently being used to quarantine inverts and plants from all the salt and ich-x that I'm using in their usual tanks. I can't find a straight answer online. I have the plant and invert tank at a steady 78 degrees. Some people say free-swimming ich (which would be what travels along with the free-floating plants, as far as I understand) can only live for 48 hours before finding a host. Some people say a week, some people say 2 weeks, or 6 weeks. And my goodness are other fish communities nasty to each other! So, in your experience, can ich go from floating in the water around a plant, hitchhike on the plant to another tank, bury itself in the substrate of a new tank, and lie in wait for weeks for a new host? Or does the ich in substrate-burrowing mode fall straight to the ground? How long should I reasonably wait to put my plants and fish back where they belong?
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