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Old 03-19-2011, 06:02 PM   #1 
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Quarantine?

I was wondering if you all thought it would be necessary to QT three otocinclus catfish that I bought today before putting them in my ten gallon tank with my dwarf frogs.

When I added my two otos to Robert's tank I didn't quarantine them and everything is fine, although I realize that one time could be luck.

The three appear healthy to my untrained eye, other than light coloration from stress.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:20 PM   #2 
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I have prior experience with this, so I STRONGLY suggest you QT. We used to have a divided 20g with four male bettas, and my dad decided to add some cory cats (looking back, it was definitely not the right decision). Apparently, one of them was sick, although he looked visibly okay. Dad put them in with the betta, and then the disease spread and wiped out the entire tank.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:29 PM   #3 
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Foo.

How long? I looked it up and one website suggested 40 days. 40?! I DEFINITELY do not have that long.

One of the otos died last night, probably from stress as they are fragile little things and the QT is a bit bare. I dumped some plants in there to compensate. Having issues with the adjustable heater, at first the water was way too hot and now it's dropped to 70. I hate this thing. That's why I was hoping QT might not be necessary... but I don't want to endanger my frogs, so...
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:18 PM   #4 
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I wouldn't say 40 days. Maybe two weeks at the most? Definitely enough time to make sure that they're not sick/injured. Someone better qualified might be able to help though.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #5 
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Two weeks is much more reasonable... although I'll be moving soon. :l I shouldn't have gotten them so close, what was I thinking. Arrrgh.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:57 PM   #6 
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Fish can't transmit many diseases to frogs. I would put them in right away. I never QT, but I go to well kept stores with no sick fish.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:17 PM   #7 
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I think I'll give them a few days anyway.

Is there some way you know that fish don't transmit too many diseases to frogs? I'm just wondering. Sorry if I seem rude, I just like to check info. I learned to do that rather in a hard way.
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I can't find my sources (it was a while ago), but most different animals don't transmit diseases to each other. Do you catch diseases from crayfish and cows? Not many. Anyways, otto's are really fragile and often don't survive QT.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:59 PM   #9 
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I can't find my sources (it was a while ago), but most different animals don't transmit diseases to each other. Do you catch diseases from crayfish and cows? Not many. Anyways, otto's are really fragile and often don't survive QT.
Yeah, you're right. I don't want to lose any more of them.

(although you can catch tons of diseases from other animals, actually :P )
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Yeah, you're right. I don't want to lose any more of them.

(although you can catch tons of diseases from other animals, actually :P )
Well, you can catch lots of diseases, but most common ones are species only. A lot use animals as carriers, but the animal doesn't really have the disease/parasite. But I highly doubt that the fish will give diseases to the frogs. They can't get ich or any other common fish diseases.
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