how to prevent parasites?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish Disease' started by melovefish, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. m

    melovefish Valued Member Member

    I am starting my first saltwater aquarium and was wondering, how to prevent parasites from my aquarium. At my lfs the owner was telling me that he adds copper to his fowlr tanks. He didn't mention dosege or anything but Im looking for more info on adding copper to prevent parasites. Thanks!
  2. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Quarantine all new arrivals for 8 weeks. That's the best way of preventing unwanted nasties from entering your tank.

    Oh - and FWIW, copper can kill inverts.
  3. OP

    melovefish Valued Member Member

    do you mean a quarintine tank? Why 8 weeks?
  4. c

    catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    Not sure why this thread was closed, so am reopening it to allow responses.
  5. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Yes, quarantine tank.

    8 weeks - for wild-caught specimens especially, it tends to be a good period of time that all diseases etc would present themselves. If you experience a problem, and need to treat while in QT, the clock resets, and the 8 weeks starts at the end of treatment. 8 weeks of healthy life in QT is the general accepted QT period.

    EDIT: Thanks Dena, you :;nin2 me on that. I re-opened too :giggle:

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