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Old 11-13-2013, 03:09 PM   #1 
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Preparing a planted tank for a new fish after one has died

I recently had a fish die due to an unknown illness :(

I'm going to want to get another, but I don't want the fish to be sick too. I have a planted 10g tank: what do I need to do to make it safe for another fish?
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:38 PM   #2 
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What were the symptoms of your deceased betta?

If you can afford to throw away your substrate and filter media and replace it (you'd have to re-cycle the tank, of course), I would. I'd rinse the plants in potassium permanganate and do a bleach srub of the tank, heater and ornaments. I'd keep the plants in quarantine for a fortnight - that will kill off some diseases - then re-assemble the whole thing.

Others may think this is too much or not enough, though, so don't be guided by me alone. :)
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:38 PM   #3 
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Ohh boy...

Zen had fuzzy fins. It might have been columnaris, but might not have been because he didn't have the saddleback fuzz.

I really want to avoid putting new substrate in. I've had the tank barely a week and the memory of hauling substrate is fresh in my mind. This is a very new setup.

By putting the plants in quarantine, what do you mean? They are not with any other fish or anything else. Just quarantining them from the tank itself?

Where do you get potassium permaganate? It sounds pretty caustic.

Thank you so much!
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:31 PM   #4 
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I would do a big water change and add 1 TBSP of salt per 5 gallons of water.
Most fish diseases are caused by funk that is always in the water but the weakened fish falls prey to it. I have had fish in a divided tank where one gets columnaris or dropsy and the other is just fine and alive to this day. The most important thing is buy healthy fish to start and stress them as little as possible when acclimating them. There are diseases that are extremely contagious that even healthy fish will fall to like TB and mycos but those are on the rare side.

Now would actually be a great time to cycle your tank and/or add more plants.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #5 
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Hmm.. won't the salt get caught in the substrate?

I'll be much more careful moving my next fish in!
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #6 
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Premix the salt into water first, then pour it into the tank.

I'd still bleach the tank and substrate it you can (assuming gravel?), then do the salt thing. :)
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #7 
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The salt will dissolve very fast.
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