Question Quarantine Process

Esimm03

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Hi,
So firstly I just want to admit that so far I've been terrible at quarantining new fish, out of the 7 ive got in my reef only one was quarantined (a tail spot blenny) for 3 weeks, I've decided as I've just upgraded to a red sea reefer 350 I'd like to begin so I don't have headaches later on with issues as I didn't quarantine.

Today I purchased a pajama cardinal and stuck him in a 15L tank full of water from my main DT, my questions are as follows:

- how long should I QT it for (or all fish going forward for that matter)?

- should I treat with meds as a precaution? Or only if a problem arrises.

- is it ok to do water changes on this system with water from my main tank?

- finally is my QT setup ok? 15L is all I had on hand but I presumed if it's one fish for a few weeks it should suffice? I chucked in a tonne of media from my main tank so it's got some BB



Thanks,
Ethan


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There are some different schools of thought on QT. Some say treat right from the get go, and others say treat only if you observe issues. There are also different methods (ie Copper, Tank Transfer Method (requires more than one tank though), Hypo Salinity). As for length, it all depends. Generally 90 days is sufficient for just about everything but there are some strains of ich that can live for months as eggs.
 
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