A simple way to prevent cross contamination in your tanks

This is how I prevent passing "things" from one tank to another

  1. Tanks and Plants
    With summer coming along and winter almost gone, we are all going to face the heat. And with heat it can bring on more infections and viruses, but on the other hand there are some things that don't like he heat. The most common one we know is the dreaded ich, we all had to face this at one time or another.

    And for those who like me have MTS, we have to becareful not to spread things around from tank to tank.

    There is a simple way to help prevent cross contamination from tank to tank and this is what I do to help prevent that.

    I have a container filled with water and a good dose of Weco's Nox-Ich(I use this brand because it's cheap) and a couple of table spoons of aquarium salt. You can also use Seachems Paragurad but this can get expensive.
    And it should look like this........


    I soak all my nets and tools in the medicated water until I need to use them.

    For example, If I need to use a net, I take it out of the water and before I stick it in my tank, I rinse it in my sink to get off any excess medicine and salt and once I am done using it I rinse it again in my sink and then I put it back into the medicated water.

    Now if your like me and have MTS, do the same thing as stated above BUT if you need to work on more than 1 tank get a net for each tank. DO NOT stick a net into 1 tank and then use that same net for another tank.
    If you know that you are going to work on different tanks you can get the nets ready and just place them over your tank until you need to use them.

    At the end of every week I empty out the container and rinse all my nets and stuff under hot water. I refill the container with cold water and put in the Nox-Ich and salt.

    I been doing this for over a year and Thankfully I have not had a case of ich or any type of outbreaks in my tanks.

    I hope this helps!

    Keep Planting and Tanking!

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  1. davidt39
    Excellent idea for a common problem — and it’s a cheap solution.
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      Author's Response
      Thank you very much for your nice remarks!
  2. tamtam50
    Great advice! Don't need to share yuck from one tank to another.
  3. Cocofish
    I use a completely different strategy. I have a 3 gal pail in the sink with bleach water in it. I always start with the cleanest tank and get whatever work done. Then I put all this equipment used in the pail. I wash my hands and arms very well and dry them. Moving on the next cleanest tank and repeat. This means you need multiple equipment for cleanings. But if you must reuse something, nothing a really good rinsing can't fix. Now this is only for nets etc. never use for anything porous such as rock or sand, all you need there is tap water. Also don't forget about the washing machine where you can throw in sponges and run a 'rinse and spin'. Works great and saves your finger joints from all that rinse and squeeze of all the different foam pads. I told my local fish store that and the guy wished he'd have thought of that. You can even dry them if you wanted to on medium and they all come back like brand new. Just my bit again, when a machine can do it for you, why not!
  4. Carlthefishnotthelama
    This article shared some important information, that i actually was about to post about so thank you!
  5. Z
    Awesome strategy, i use rachel o'learys method. Which has worked wonders for me. Thanks for the knowledge though! :)
  6. Starrone
    Never too mutch knowledge. Thank you for your time and to do and not do ideas.
  7. J
    This resource taught me about MTS...I.e. Taught me about being careful of addictive personality and to remember to be present in the moment and not anxiously trying to get more without the means to do so.
  8. Cichlid Cindy
    Cichlid Cindy
    Great article...
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      Author's Response
      Thank you!
  9. Nicholas1234
    This article is very helpful
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      Author's Response
      Thank you! I hope it helps you!
  10. Mike
    Thanks for sharing!
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      Author's Response
      Thanks Mike! I feel very honored that you "liked" and "rated" my article! And Thank you for having this GREAT site for all of us to have!

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