Preventative Tank Treatment How Do I

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    Let me begin by saying I know the best option is to have a quarantine tank, but circumstances really don’t allow me that luxury. Going forward, I’m curious if there’s a preventative tank treatment I could use when adding livestock or plants to my tank? And if there is something available, do I dose according to package instructions, even if I see no signs of trouble yet? Thanks for sharing!

    PS- I have a 65g freshwater planted community tank with tetras, guppies, killies, a betta and a snail. I recently lost a Hillstream Loach while treating the tank for ich. I plan to replace him at some point, so I do have the scaleless fish sensitivities to consider.
     
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    For plants, maybe do a very short bleach dip. Other than that if you don't have the luxury of a quarantine tank, pick the healthiest looking fish you can, from the best seller you can find. Other aquarists are a good go to, as they've usually bred the fish themselves. I would stay away from dosing your tank ever time you add something. I try to stay away from medications as much as possible, as like antibiotics are for humans, they aren't good if used frequently or long term.
     
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    This is a tough one. I think most people on here, and myself included, wouldn't medicate unless absolutely necessary. Some fish cant handle meds very well, and theres a chance that they can build an immunity and the medication won't work if a time comes when you really need it. I know some big fish stores do treat preventativly, i believe with a wormer, and something else.

    I know you said you cant afford a quatantine tank, but there are ways to dyi one for pretty cheap. Sponge filters are a couple bucks, and they hook up to an air pump, so if you already have a pump theres not much investment there. You can buy a 5 or 10 gallon tote from the grocery store pretty cheap as well. You dont have to have an actual tank. I see them quite cheap online as well. Honestly, you could set up a qt for as much money as you would prolly spend buying 2 or 3 meds you don't need.
     
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    Paraguard is advertised as a preventative tank treatment and I'm sure it would work. However I would still agree that you shouldn't medicate unless absolutely needed.
     
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    Thanks y’all that was kind of my expectation.... what about things like stresscoat, or pima/melafix? Not necessarily antibiotic...
     
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    Methylene Blue is good for this I treat all of my new fish before I put them in my aquariums. I wouldn't put this stuff directly into the tank as it's hard to remove but I use a bucket and let the fish soak in a water/Methylene Blue mix for a good minute or two and then add them to my tank.

    This guy explains it well
     
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    Stress coat is good. Its just a water conditioner with aloe added in, not an antibiotic. I would shy away from the other ones.
     
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    Do not use Pima/melafix if you have any labyrinth fish. It is extremely harmful to them.
     
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    Hm this is an interesting approach. I wish I’d seen this a few weeks ago. I feel kinda silly for not thinking of it myself actually :0/

    Good to know! Thank you!
     
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    You are welcome :)
     
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