Quarantine Tank Setup

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Quarantine tanks are important for protecting your current fish against infections potentially carried by any new stock you bring into the tank. Fishlore has seen more than a few instances where a tank was entirely depopulated by the addition of one fish.
A quarantine tank isolates new fish for several weeks or a couple of months, providing them with a chance to show signs of infection and/or recover from an infection, reducing the possibility of infecting your tank at large.

Here are a few links on how to set up a quarantine tank:

Quarantine Tank Setup for Aquarium Fish

How to set up a Quarantine tank

Quick and dirty quarantine setup
 

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The information in the links was very good, but I have a question...it was stated in the first link, "check for signs of parasites or bacterial infections". What exactly am I looking for as signs that a fish has a parasite or infection?? How can I be certain when a fish is free of infection and ready to be introduced to the main tank?

Thanks
 

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kenzone said:
The information in the links was very good, but I have a question...it was stated in the first link, "check for signs of parasites or bacterial infections". What exactly am I looking for as signs that a fish has a parasite or infection?? How can I be certain when a fish is free of infection and ready to be introduced to the main tank?

Thanks
Symptoms are based according to disease- if your fish are acting out of sorts, not eating, hiding alot, white spots, gold spots, loss of fins, White or clear stringy feces, white cotton like patches, loss of color- gray or pale, not swimming right. Basically not acting like their normal selves.

I just set up a quarantine for the first time about a week ago and glad I did- my babies were sick.
Knowing what I know now- I would just pull them out at the first sign of something being wrong, observe them, figure it out and treat.

As far as putting them back in- I would say when whatever is wrong with them has healed and they are acting like themselves again. I'm not clear on it though- I'm going to ask that question myself since I still have some fin rot issues probably from being so sick.
 

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Bumping this up for our new beginner members.

We'd hate to have anyone endanger their existing stock by not taking this precaution.
 

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