How Long to keep a tank empty after flukes outbreak?

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How long can gill flukes live without fish?

I was battling gill flukes for several months due to a plant I did not quarantine and wiped out all my fish.

The flukes spread to all my tanks due to shared buckets and siphons . I do not have a microscope but all the fish showed symptoms of flukes: scratching their gills against substrate and decor , red gills, rapid breathing, laying on the bottom of the tank, staying near the surface, and lethargy.

I used PraziPro for multiple doses but the symptoms only got worse. I guess I was handling a strain resistant to Prazi. The parameters were: 0 ammonia, 0 nitirte, and 5 nitrate

In light of all this, I decided to rescape and replant my tanks.

it’s been 7 days without fish, how long can gill flukes live without fish? and when can I add new fish?
 

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Adults can only live 1 week without a host. When they hatch they have to find a host in like a day or two or theyll die. So to be safe, do 2 weeks and you should be good.
 
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DuaneV said:
Adults can only live 1 week without a host. When they hatch they have to find a host in like a day or two or theyll die. So to be safe, do 2 weeks and you should be good.
thanks, so next week should be good then! the tanks have been fish free since last Tuesday January 21st
 
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would 3 weeks be safer? just in case
 
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MacZ said:
Sure. Just keep an eye on the cycle in that case.
thanks! i’ve read conflicting info. people from the saltwater community say leave the tank empty for 8-10 weeks while freshwater people say 2 weeks. i’m thinking maybe they could be talking about different species of gill flukes?
 

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