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New fish . . . Quarantine . . . For how long?

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Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 12:47 am
When you get new fish how long should you quarantine them before introducing them into the main tank? I have had some kuhli loaches in quarantine for a week now because if they got sick (loaches are especially prone to white spot aren't they?)I figured they would be too difficult to catch them in the main tank and then transfer into the quarantine/hospital tank for treatment (it would just stress them out even more). How long would it take for most diseases to show up?


jeff s

Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 02:02 am have these fish been treated and are Ok. now?...a week after treatment plus quarantine for a week they should be fine..



Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 05:26 am
They haven't been sick and thus haven't been treated for anything. I'm just quarantining them just in case they do. I got them a week ago and I didn't want to put them into the main tank straight away just in case they carried any disease from the petshop. And if they were weakened by the stress of being caught I thought they might get sick (especially Ich) and it would be easier for me to treat them in an almost bare 10 gallon tank. Sorry - I don't think I explained this very well in my original post. If they were going to get sick after being moved - how long would it take for any symptoms to show up? I imagine that it would only be about a week but I wasn't sure. I would love to put them into the main tank as soon as possible.



Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 12:06 pm
I QT two weeks when I do. Most LFS stores only guarantee fish for 7 days, so they are really covering themselves! I have read 2-3 weeks to be safe.



Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 11:05 pm
OK cool. I had read somewhere that you should quarantine for *4-6 WEEKS* and I was really hoping that this wasn't necessary!


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