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  1. Do I need to sterilize my sponge filter that was in my quarantine tank before I put it back in my main tank?
  2. Hi again everyone. You all have been extremely helpful to me recently and I have greatly appreciated it. I am having another issue that has started to happen since about last week. I noticed small creatures jumping around in my 2.5 gallon ramshorn snail tank, at first I wasn't sure what they were but I did some research and they look to be copepods. I am concerned because I plan to transfer some snails out of this tank into another and I don't want to transfer the copepods with them. I read that doing frequent water changes can help, which I have been doing for about a week now. About 50% water changes every day and it doesn't seem to control them. Starting to see a few of them getting larger and definitely see the copepod features clearly now. I read on another forum that a UV-C sterilizer could be used, I like this idea but since I'm dealing with such a small tank, the options I see are for very large systems it seems. Does anyone have any recommendation for an external system with small diameter hoses? I figure I can probably pump water through it temporarily for a while until they disappear. Thanks everyone!
  3. So I think I may have the start of disease outbreak in my tank (I think it could be columnaris). Although only one fish has died and the others look fine, its only been a day. Backstory: I've been QTing new fish in my very nicely planted tank that I had been establishing waiting for an expensive betta to arrive. I realized now that was dumb because with a fish dying I'm terrified whatever could still be around for when the betta comes... So whether this is columnaris or something else I need to know how I can disinfect the tank or what I can do to make sure its safe sometime down the road for the betta. So far my plan is to set up a third tank somewhere and start cycling a sponge from my healthy tank to have ready for the betta that will be here in two weeks. But if all the fish die in the "QT tank" or if the other fish live what can I do to disinfect it for the betta eventually? Also this tank has a lot of plants in it, deep sand substrate, and lots of snails (mostly MTS, but also a few nice nerites that I really like) with sponge filters. I don't really want to have to tear it all apart or harm the plants or snails. Plants I'm worried about are: java ferns, banana plant, anacharist, dwarf sag, a struggling jungle val, and some sort of sword I think? Tank survivors thus far: 2 Guppies, 1 corydora, 5 anchor cats, nerites (I could technically return the nerites still). The anchor cats were supposed to stay in the "QT tank" with the betta and everyone else is supposed to go into my 29 gallon with the other schools. If all the fish die, could I leave it set for two months and everything be okay? or could the snails harbor something? I also considered dosing with hydrogen peroxide and/or salt, but what levels would be safe for the plants? If fish live, how long should I QT for until deeming them safe to move to my other tank or add the betta too?
  4. So my betta just passed away unfortunately and I'm wondering how I go about decontaminating his tank of whatever illness he had... My main concern is being able to reuse the subsrate which is fluval stratum. I can take the whole tank down as he was the only one in it, but it was pretty well established with plants and what not. How do I make this tank safe for future livestock? Not sure exactly what illness he had but he started with internal parasites, then got a wound from scratching which became infected and went downhill from there. May have been fish tb but who knows. Any advice appreciated...
  5. I was wondering if like reptiles you have to sanitize things that you find outdoors and want to put in your tank is this true with fish and if so how to you do it
  6. I had to euthanize my betta, can I leave the tank running for a month or so, preform weekly water changes and have all the "whatever needs a host fish to live" die off? What should I do before it's ready to house new fish, thinking about substrate and plants in there (java fern, stem plants and moss ball) as well as it housing the same sponge (in hopes of keeping it cycled) in the HOB filter. Should I sanitize everything in bleach solution and rinse the substrate or throw it out? Here's the history of the tank and betta below if it helps. I had a betta that developed a moldy ventral fin, I added "tetra all in one" tabs, I think two, but stopped after and kept up increased water changes and it was all looking good. A few weeks would pass and saw maybe only 4 ich spots or so show up, I preformed water changes at the sight of anything and we were back to normal and what seemed healthy. Then some time passed and he was at the bottom of the tank breathing really heavy, tested the water all was good, no ammonia, no nitrites and super low nitrates, but did a water change added aquarium salt.. after some time that did not resolve and I had to euthanize, heartbreaking. Now the tank is running with some plants, a moss ball and fluval stratum. I syphoned all the water out (as low as I could) and added fresh with prime of course. I'll add that my fear is that I introduced something to that tank from another when adding a plant. I had gotten a sick glowlight tetra, breathing super fast since I got it but stayed like that for weeks, looked maybe malformed, I never really knew. I've since euthanized that fish in fear of other inhabitants in the tank (this is a separate tank), but all other fish have been doing well for some time. Maybe my betta was old and low immune system (don't know the age we were his third home). Should I be scared of fish TB (possibly from glowlight tetra infecting both tanks), or unlikely the case? Thank you for reading, I've tried to learn as much as I can and I don't want to be too stress out that it turns me off fish keeping. I really appreciate any input.
  7. How long would I have to simply leave a tank dry for before it would be deemed "sterile"? Not reusing any of the contents except the heater and lid.
  8. I recently purchased few guppies from my local fish store, noticed having columnaris after a day unfortunately. and few of them passed away. now i want to clean the tank thoroughly and re-stock with new ones. is there a recommended procedure to do this. i don't want any new ones to have columnaris infection because of this. how to disinfect the tank and get new ones. any advice.
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