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Quarantine tank advice for new fish

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by apisto.guy, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. apisto.guy

    apisto.guy New Member

    Mar 5, 2018
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    Hi all,

    I purchase new fish from the LFS and online. In the past I'd receive them, acclimate to water temp in my main tank and then dump them in. However I've been reading that this is not the best practice and that new fish should be quarantined and treated before introducing to the main tank. What are your thoughts?

    1) Should new fish be quarantined and if so for how long
    2) If I quarantine should I preemptively medicate/treat for worms, infections, illness and other
    3) If so what are some good products to use "General Cure" was one that i've seen on some threads

    Any other thoughts, comments or idea are welcome.

  2. Linus_Cello

    Linus_Cello Active Member 5 Year Member

    Nov 16, 2010
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    1) 4 weeks. Longer better
    2) generally no (eg not wild caught)
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  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Mar 16, 2004
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    I agree with Linus_Cello. I don't let fish out of quarantine for at least 4 weeks or longer, not until they appear happy and healthy. Why treat a fish if it shows no symptoms of disease or paracites? Good water, good food and a low stress environment is better therapy than putting fish through a chemical soup for no good reason.
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