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  1. Today I just bought some female endlers and I have an established quarantine tank that I have been quarantining some fish for the past 2 weeks I was wondering if I should add those female endlers or setup another quarantine tank? Thanks
  2. I have a a shipment of fish coming in later this week and I need advice on the best method of quarantining. I have a dedicated 9 gallon tank I use for quarantine. I'm not sure if it would be appropriate to quarantine 7 platties and 6 Julii corys together for 1-2 weeks in such a small volume of water. If need be I can set up an "emergency" 10 gallon quarantine tank with spare equipment to split them up but it wouldn't be ideal for my living situation & I'm not sure I trust this 10 gallon to hold water. I really don't want to wake up to a blown-out/leaking aquarium. I'm going to use the med trio and feed once lightly on the 3rd day of quarantine. Any suggestions?
  3. Hey there! I’m expecting an order from Twin Cities Guppies this week, and I have a few questions. I’ve had fish in the past, but I am new to buying fish online as well as using a quarantine tank + meds. My biggest question: is there anything I need to do differently when my fish are shipped? My concern is that the fish will have already gone without food for a few days and then a week without food during the med trio- isn’t that too long? When should I feed them? How long can they go without and be okay? Are guppies sensitive to meds at all? What day should I feed them after receiving and acclimating them? Should I hold off on the meds for a few days? thank you!! https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/quarantine-tank?_pos=1&_psq=quarantine&_ss=e&_v=1.0 I should add that these are the resources that I’ve been using to get my quarantine tank ready^^
  4. Entry #1 | Entry #2 Because of the prices and overall welfare of the fish in my city I decided to order my first additions from AquaHuna 🙂 I was SO impressed with their communication with me and the adjustments (two ivory mystery snails rather than golden) made for me before shipment. My 6 albino corydoras and 2 mystery snails were shipped Monday(3/28) and arrived TODAY (3/30) 😃 Below is a video of my, way over excitement, introduction of the fish to their quarantine tank 😜 So, the little guys will stay in the tank for 24 hrs to become acclimated to the new water parameters and then I will apply the med trio once, wait two weeks, and then insert them in my 29-gallon. I will put the snails in the tank sooner, but I need to maintain "0" ammonia and nitrites for 24 hours first. I just got in Fritz Zyme from Aquarium Co-Op and applied it to the 29-gallon. My 10 new plants arrive tomorrow, which I am thrilled about! This is all so new and experimental for me but I am currently enjoying the ride (except for maybe the patience part 😆) and my family still loves me despite my new obsession/hobby ☺️ Entry #3 Summary Corydoras & snails arrived today from AquaHuna Acclimation seems to be going well, will quarantine for two weeks 29-gallon still has 0.5 ammonia and 5 nitrite readings 😡 New plants arrive tomorrow Questions I Have What do your mystery snails prefer to eat, and if you blanch foods can you tell me how... If you have any other recommendations for "cycling" my 29-gallon please share. Keep in mind that I am new to the hobby so I do not have other cycled filters or media. UPDATE :: My plants arrived and I have them placed in my 29-gallon now! Below are pictures of the plants and their placement around the ones I already had in my tank. Also, what in blue blazes is happening here!! 😧 All the critters were doing fine and then I applied the med trio around 10:00 AM and come 3:30 PM they scare me half to death by pretending to be dead themselves! I poked them and they frantically swam back to the bottom and acted normal for a few minutes before they sam their way back to the top. I read that they can play "dead" if they are stressed or feel threatened... I know meds can stress fish so am I correct in placing my blame on the meds? Do you think they will be Ok 😥
  5. 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!
  6. Has anyone set up a quarantine tank in their cabinet before? Are the insides of these standard pine (75g) stands stable enough for 10g of water? Interested in thoughts before I add water. ✌🏼
  7. Is this ich on my betta fish? It just got out of quarantine and I premedicated with ich X so if it is I’m not sure what to do
  8. Well my last green neon tetra developed ick and didn’t make it through the ick-x treatment. It really sucks. so now I need to sterilize the plants, filter and heater. I have read about the ways to use bleach to sterilize the tank and equipment, but am not sure the best way to sterilize the plants. I don’t want to compost or throw away, I have some great plants in there just floating. No substrate. There are also 6-7 red cherry shrimp in there—shrimplets to full adults. what to do with them? Thanks you guys—you have all been wonderful. sincerely, Nanci
  9. Would love some insight in trying to figure out if I am doing something wrong or if it was just luck of the draw. Would love for input on any corrections that should be made. I think I will be trying my hand one more time in ordering another bunch of Bolivian rams as I'd like a bigger group than just the 3. 8/25 - Received 6 Bolivian rams from Aqua Huna. Put them in my cycled 20gal QT tank which is bare bottom w/ a sponge filter, java fern, coconut shell and PVC pipe for hides. Started them on QT med trio. Ammonia - 0 Nitrate - 10 Nitrite - 0 GH - 300+ KH - 300 PH - 8.4 CL2 - 0 Temp - 80* After QT finished, started feeding fish extreme flake and nano pellet. Occasionally would give frozen brine and daphnia. I changed water every few days. Left fish in QT until 9/25. After the med trio I proceeded to lose 3 fish. About 1 a week. They were all colored nicely then suddenly got really grey, hide, and then swim like they were drunk and breathe rapidly. Almost looked neurological. No visible signs of issues on outside of body. They hugged the bottom of the tank and when they died they did not float to the surface. Water parameters in QT stabilized at: Ammonia - 0 Nitrate - 10-25 Nitrite - 0 GH - 300+ KH - 80 PH - 7.04 CL2 - 0 TDS - 552 Temp - 80* The 3 remaining rams are loving the planted 75 gal community tank. They are eating great and swimming all over. They are nice and bright in color and look to be feeling well. Picture attached. Tank Paramaters: Ammonia - 0 Nitrate - 10-25 Nitrite - 0 GH - 300+ KH - 120 PH - 6.91 CL2 - 0 TDS - 573 Temp - 80* Thank you for your help!
  10. Hi everyone, I'm going to add some red root floaters to my quarantine tank, and my question is "Is dipping a new plant absolutely necessary if putting it in a QT setup?" I really don't care about hitchhikers like snails. I've read conflicting things and I know a lot of people don't dip their plants. I've done bleach dips on some of my plants but dont really want to as the plants seem better off when I don't dip them.
  11. Any suggestions on hiding spots for larger fish, such as Discus, in quarantine? I typically do pvc pipe - but this obviously won't work with larger fish. Suggestions?
  12. Do you run substrate in your quarantine tank? Why or why not? I’ve been running a bare bottom w/ sponge filter because I like to scrub it out well when I’m done. But, I also like the idea of having some substrate to keep the tanks cycle more predictable.
  13. I have a new betta in quarantine tank with the med trio. Tomorrow I start water changes. Can/should I also add a carbon filter?
  14. I got some flame moss today and put them in a little bowl with old tank water. Can I just do 100% water changes every 3 days over the course of 2 weeks or is an H2O2 dip required? I was afraid that a chemical dip would cause it to melt. Also, upon removal from it’s lil baggy, I accidentally tore the moss in half. Will it live?
  15. Okay, so I've had my quarantine tank running empty on my desk for approx. 6 months, just keeping it running because I was too lazy to take it apart. I'm planning on going to the fish store and getting fish today so I had my roommate start a water change on the tank while I got ready to go get lunch, but he's so used to grabbing one of the regular buckets we use for the healthy tanks that that's what he grabbed. My question is, is 6 months long enough that it's safe to just not worry about replacing the equipment we used or should I clean or replace all of it to be safe? Update: I went back in my previous activity for the forum and it's been 4 months since the fish left the tank, not 6. It was 6 months since the last time I put fish in there tho.
  16. Cory and others state when they get new fish they get a treatment before going into a community tank. Question is, what medications do you treat with and how long do you keep them in isolation? What is the whole process from purchase to placement? Someone have a video link? I'm sure Cory did a video on it.
  17. Hey guys I was hoping some advice on what to do with my quarantine tank while I go on vacation. Right now I have an empty quarantine tank that is waiting some new purchases, however I will be going away on vacation at the end of the month, and I don't want to burden my fish sitter looking after fish in there, especially since she will not know what to look for or treat if anything goes wrong. So right now the tank is cycled, has some frogbit and some tiny snails hanging out in it, but I am wondering how to keep that up and going the week I am away. I was thinking of getting some more plants (moneywort and a couple crypts) to add to the main tank, and was going to store them in the quarantine for the week I was away, would that help? I really don't want to loose the bacteria I got in there, so am wondering if there is a good way to keep them intact while I am away. Should I also do a dose of Easy Green before if I go this route? I would really like to get my next fish when I get back and use the quarantine tank.
  18. I have a 2.5 gallon tank that I use for a quarantine tank. I would like to use a bigger tank, but I just don't have the room right now. Should I automatically use medications to treat my fish? I have Maricyn and ParaClense. I'm not really wanting to use these because the dosages are for a 10 gallon and I don't want to overdose. Any suggestions for other general purpose medicines? Or should I just let the fish be in the tank for a few weeks without medication?
  19. Hi guys, I have a 33long and 20tall tank, and recently got a 10gal to be used as a quarantine tank (I had my first case of ich, and I want to prevent this in the future). I'd like to scape it as I want it to be a permanent quarantine tank and not be an eye sore. My options are: A) Scape it with substrate, hardscape (dragonstone/driftwood), and some hardy plants. B) Leave it bare bottom, and just a few pieces of hardscape. Anyone have good or bad experiences with scaping a QT tank? Which option would you do, and why?
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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 🙂
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