Question of the Day Why dont you quarantine if you don’t

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ingchr1

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Fish I will buy already quarantined. Doesn't make sense for me to do it myself from a time, space, liability and experience perspective.

All though the last group of fish I got from my LFS was not quarantined. They have three "systems" with fish in them, none are quarantined. One with copper, one of captive bread no copper and one connected to thier coral tanks with fish less tolerant to copper. They also have fish in thier coral tanks. I looked all of the fish and there we no obvious signs of disease on any. All looked healthy and had been in the tanks for more than just a day or two. The four fish I got were from the captive bread and coral tank systems. The copper tanks could have been masking disease, so I did not choose fish from them. This was six months ago and there are no signs of disease in my tank. I do not consider myself lucky. I consider myself as having made the proper evaluation of the available fish and then providing them with a good habitat to live in. Yes, I do realize that this was not a no risk decision. One of the fish (captive bread Azure Damsel) did die after a few months, I'm not sure why. It just started hanging out at the bottom of the tank and not eating, no signs of anything external when it died.

I have not quarantined any of my coral or CUC, don't see much of risk there. The coral gets dipped and CUC rinsed with tank water before going in.

Outside of quarantined fish, I try to get all livestock from that same LFS.
 
Why don't you quarantine if you don't?

For those that buy quarantined livestock, why do you do this instead of doing it yourself?

I always did some sort of QT, even if just observational.

I buy QT livestock sometimes because quarantining your own fish can be stressful and takes up space and time. The only bad part is there is not as big of a selection for QT fish.
 

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I wish I could find more QT'd inverts! I'm going to find a more aesthetically pleasing tank to QT coral and inverts since it takes a long time and I'll be looking at it every day in my office. I
I have been asking ever single person that shows interest to do this, but I am yet to have any takers. I did start doing this myself but for now we are inn a test phase to see how they do. We just grabbed Blue Legged Hermits.
 

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I always did some sort of QT, even if just observational.

I buy QT livestock sometimes because quarantining your own fish can be stressful and takes up space and time. The only bad part is there is not as big of a selection for QT fish.
I am working on that!! I need more space already!!
 

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I had tanks set up specifically to get hitchhikers. In my opinion they end up being more interesting than the $700 you just blew on coral anyway.

Now days I still have these tanks but more so to intentionally find hitchhikers off of ocean harvests like algae, slime and mud.

The warmer it is the weirder they get.
 

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I don’t really qt unless necessary. We know copper can cause organ damage in fish. I’m sure other medications could potentially have long term effects. If I buy a fish that shows obvious signs. I will qt. If not I tend to put them in a observation tank and try to feed real well. My next fish going In The display has been user observation for like 6 months. It may eventually bite me in the ass. But I also have spare tank around and could qt all fish and fallow the display. And I keep medications on hand.
 

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I don’t quarantine any of my corals/inverts.

For fish, I currently only do a 10 day copper treatment and then transfer directly into my tank. Preventing velvet is my only concern, and I feel it’s the best balance for me.

I do have ich, but it’s kept under control with my management tools.
 

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I still quarantine shelled inverts for the most part if it's going to a retailer as "Wild caught" I still technically QT it anyway. There's a lot of flatworms in warm water. Even though I find most don't amount to much invert wise and end up just dissappearing forever, it's still a group of organisms you should try to avoid. The bad ones are pretty bad. And there isn't much to stop them.
 

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I buy captive bred fish or qt’d fish only these days.

don’t qt anything else that goes into the tank.

i dont qt fish as I’m not good at it. I will someday, but today is not that day. I also prefer buying captive bred fish.
 

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i do qt myself, but i also buy qt'd fish. either they're hard to source or just plain difficult fish so i'd rather order one and pay the additional money to have it arrive all nice and conditioned
Same. I'm not particularly great at QT'ing fish, and now that I have a 9-week old son that time is simply not available. Having the ability to buy pre-QT'ed fish ultimately makes it well worth the price markup. I think I'd only consider QT'ing very easy fish (eg. clownfish) for the foreseeable future.
 

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Same. I'm not particularly great at QT'ing fish, and now that I have a 9-week old son that time is simply not available. Having the ability to buy pre-QT'ed fish ultimately makes it well worth the price markup. I think I'd only consider QT'ing very easy fish (eg. clownfish) for the foreseeable future.
How are the fishes?!
 

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How are the fishes?!
SPECTACULAR! 😁 I'll be writing a review shortly but I am superstitious and wanted to see what the night brought before I said anything! lol. That orange back fairy wrasse is an absolute stunner and already eating. He's in the acclimation box now - the royal gramma was too stealthy and they snuck out of the box into the tank when I put the wrasse in LOL. I am so excited for my new additions!
 

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Hi everyone! I don't QT, I do ich management. Ich management is difficult to do, but it works for me. Maintaining a ich free tank from the start would have probably been better, but I didn't. So years later here I am. Healthy food, tons of seaweed, excellent water quality.......
 

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Hi everyone! I don't QT, I do ich management. Ich management is difficult to do, but it works for me. Maintaining a ich free tank from the start would have probably been better, but I didn't. So years later here I am. Healthy food, tons of seaweed, excellent water quality.......
You may want to give the H2O2 regiment if you have any interest in getting rid of it. Some folks simply dont mind :) No wrong answer -- I love that you are forced to spoil your fish!!
 

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I started about 4 months ago and added fish directly to dt that had not been qt'd. Everything was fine for close to two months but then got what I believe was velvet, small dots everywhere like powdered sugar on my clowns and midas. It claimed my midas in just a couple days of me spoting it but let the tank go fallow and treated my other 3 fish and they cleared up and bulked up while in qt. Ever since then I've qt'd all my fish because most of mine came from lfs and weren't prequarantined. My biota mandarin I only observed for a couple days tho.

I should say tho I do not have a life and have lots of time to care for qt tanks. I also understand the extra cost for pre-quarantined fish but I do not mind doing it myself. I'm still taking risk tho because I do not qt my inverts/corals. Just dip corals but that's it. So idk I could very well still get parasites which would make all my effort pointless..
 

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So idk I could very well still get parasites which would make all my effort pointless..
By QT'ing your fish you bring your risk levels WAY down though as they are the main carrier into the tank. Can snails and Corals bring it in, sure... But you have to be pretty unlucky. All is based on your own risk levels!
 

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Hi everyone! I don't QT, I do ich management. Ich management is difficult to do, but it works for me. Maintaining a ich free tank from the start would have probably been better, but I didn't. So years later here I am. Healthy food, tons of seaweed, excellent water quality.......
I hate that term "Ich Management" . It sounds unnatural. I prefer "Natural Normal" system like fish evolved in and have lived in there before Nancy Pelosi was born. 😁
 
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