how do you quarantine corals, crabs etc, not just fish

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I've been dealing with either velvet, ich or similar.

I've been doing research on how to treat this and eliminate it from the tank. Fish seems simple enough. Into Q tank, copper treatment + keep them out of the main tank for 6 weeks is probably enough, or 77 days should be absolutely surefire.

Problem is, any new wet additions including coral, live rock and inverts means an opportunity to reintroduce the pathogens into the tank . 

So what do you do? Set up a Q tank with decent lighting, monitor the alk etc like on the main tank etc. Seems like massive amounts of effort. Not only that but you presumably can't use the same Q tank as you do for fish since it will have had copper in it..?


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Reply #1

yup, no one said marines was easy :grin: Coral dips are usually enough but some do run seperate QT tanks for fish and corals. Someone once said "Every tank has white spot, its just dorment, waiting for the right moment to strike"

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Someone once said "Every tank has white spot, its just dorment, waiting for the right moment to strike"


Not on my watch  lol

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Reply #3

I have had ich twice, and both times it wiped out all my fish, even though I took them out and treated them.  It's bloody awful!

Re. fallow period, there's a few articles/threads on here where I've discussed this, but 90 days minimum is the concensus.  I did 10 weeks the first time, after QT using hyposalinity, and they had it back within a week  >:(  The next time I left it fallow for over 4 months, and so far, no ich.  I use cholorquine phosphate for a month to QT the fish, and they also get a 5 min freshwater + myzaxin dip, and a final 6 hour bath in Sera Tremazol and salt water before they go in the DT.

I also QT corals and inverts in another tank.  The easy bit about the coral and invert tank is you just dip the corals and put them in, then leave them for 90+ days. 

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Reply #4

Wow, you were unlucky to get it back after 10 weeks fallow.  :damn:  Maybe it was a hypo resistant strain and your fish still carried it?


Anyhow (assuming I can catch the remaining fish) I'm planning to do cupramine for two weeks, then two weeks recovery then treat them with paraguard. Think that should give reasonable coverage.


Need something to cheer myself up. Last few months have been dinos, nuissance hair algae,  bryopsis,  now this  :evil-plan: I think I'll head over to AAC and pick up some corals before I begin the fallow period. That way I can bung them straight in (after a dip) and let any fish parasites complete their lifecycle and die off before I re-add the fish. Quite fancy a millepora...
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Reply #5

That's what I did too. Bought a few corals and a load of cuc.

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Reply #6

It's a tricky one, I had ich in my first tank so the second one I qted and treated regardless. Fitted a big uv, all good so far touch wood.
I couldn't justify the cost of a tank to qt corals and cuc as I want mostly sps the lights would have to be good and good nutrient control.

You lucky thing being close to Aac


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Yeah, lucky enough to be within easy reach of AAC and Coral Passion. Quite a lot of smaller places too, like Essex Marine Aquatics. Which is a tiny place on a farm, but they quite often get interesting stuff in.

Downside is living in Essex, of course  lol

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Reply #8

I'm going to Burnham on crouch in a few month to see Kate's family I might have stop in there on the way home 


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