Ethical Aquatics Quarantine Procedure

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Quick View QT Schedule:

Day 0 - Arrival & Inspection, Metronidazole​
Day 1 - Begin copper ramp-up & medicated food​
Day 2 - Metro​
Day 3 - Copper at therapeutic level (>2.0 PPM)​
Day 4 - Metro​
Day 6 - Metro​
Day 8 - Metro​
Day 10 - Prazi​
Day 16 - Fenbendazole or Prazi​
Day 17 - Transfer, 2 week observation begins​
Days 18-31 - Black Molly Observation​
Day 32 - Fish available for purchase​
Detailed QT Procedure

Fish Arrival

Boxes are opened with room and tank lights dimmed. All fish are individually inspected for signs of illness, acclimated to our QT system water. If any signs of serious disease are noticed, the fish is isolated in it's own tank.

One Day to Settle in then Medication Ramp-Up
  • Copper Power is added to the system via hourly doses with dosing pump to 2.50 PPM over 3 days. Once 2.0 PPM is reached, 14 day countdown starts and copper is maintained at 2.35 - 2.50 PPM.
  • Copper tested daily with Hanna Copper Checker
  • For Chloroquine Phosphate QT fish, medication is added the day after arrival and maintained at ~60 mg/L for 14 days
Medicated Food for Internal Issues
  • Metronidazole & Praziquantel/Fenbendazole soaked food (Humblefish's recipe) starts the day after arrival for 10 days
  • 5 doses every 48 hours starting upon arrival.
  • 1st dose 500 mg/40 gal, remaining doses 500 mg/20gal
Praziquantel / Fenbendazole
  • One dose each.
  • Praziquantel dosed on day 10 and day 16 (for Wrasses)
  • Fenbendazole dosed on day 16 (12 hours before transfer)
Transfer Day
  • All fish transferred to the clean observation system.
Observation Period
  • 14 day observation period begins after transfer
  • Multiple black mollies are in this system to help spot any parasites in the unlikely event something slips through.
  • Fish are fed 4-8 times daily to help them gain weight and strength before being put up for sale.
  • Observation tanks are a more natural setup to help reduce stress and help fish build their strength and immune systems
Special thanks to @Humblefish & @Dierks for helping me come up with this protocol!

*Humblefish edit* Please also read this: How To - Know Your TERMS USED in the SALE of MARINE FISH
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