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Old 11/30/2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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The "medicine-free" quarantine

Next year I'd like to set up a tidepool tank. I'm eyeing royal grammas and azure damsels, and perhaps a cherub angel as well as a few inverts, alga, and a few soft corals. What would your quarantine protocol be like for each group if you only had access to the following medications?

-suspect herbal "remedies" on Amazon

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Old 12/03/2020, 03:14 PM   #2
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I don't use any of them. I observe for disease, and haven't had a sick fish since 2006. Clean source helps.


Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge, chromis, royal gramma basslet, tailspot blenny, ocellaris clown, yellow watchman, chestnut turbo snails, bristleworms, couple of hermits.
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Old 12/04/2020, 04:59 AM   #3
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I have only had about a 10% success rate on my fish orders. Most were loss to parasites. Where do you purchase your aquatic life that you have had such good luck?



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Old 12/06/2020, 10:03 PM   #4
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I only used Meds if I see an issue. Usually I use copper for tangs having said that.

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Old 12/07/2020, 01:33 AM   #5
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I qt in a 50 gallon reef with no meds, observe for 90 days. 3-4 cleaner shrimp and 3 or 4 neon gobies if I can find them are typically added to qt with new fish.

240G mixed reef, 29G SPS/LPS clam tank, 50G mixed reef

Current Tank Info: 300g mixed reef, 50g cube
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