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Old 06-18-2012, 06:07 PM   #1 
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Question Getting new tank mates, how long should they be quarantined?

Like the tittle says how long should I quarantine them for when I bring them home from the store?
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #2 
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What kind of tank mates are you looking to get? How big is your tank?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:22 AM   #3 
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This is a rather hotly debated topic, and it depends on a lot of things. The one rule I go by is at least 2 weeks after the fish stop showing signs of disease. Also remember a QT tank must be a size capable of holding those fish for a while. For example, you can't QT 6 neon tetras in a 5 gal tank; they need at least a 10 gal tank. If you keep the stress to a minimum in a QT tank, you won't have to deal with as much disease.
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What kind of tank mates are you looking to get? How big is your tank?

I have a two gallon tank with one betta and i want to get two ghost shrimp. @thekoimaiden i meant newly bought pets from the store, i read they should be quarantined before being added to the tank
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:27 AM   #5 
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Don't worry. I know what you mean. The whole quarantine topic and just how long is safe is what's being debated. Since they are not fish, ghost shrimp can be QT'ed just about a week. You QT fish to make sure any diseases they bring don't infect the whole tank. Since shrimp can't catch most fish diseases, you just need to make sure there are no external parasites on them and also be sure not to throw away the water they came in. A lot of diseases hide in the water.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:41 AM   #6 
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Don't worry. I know what you mean. The whole quarantine topic and just how long is safe is what's being debated. Since they are not fish, ghost shrimp can be QT'ed just about a week. You QT fish to make sure any diseases they bring don't infect the whole tank. Since shrimp can't catch most fish diseases, you just need to make sure there are no external parasites on them and also be sure not to throw away the water they came in. A lot of diseases hide in the water.
Don't throw away the water they came in? Or do you mean to throw it away?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:28 AM   #7 
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Derp. I do that sometimes when I change my mind about how I want to write something. I mean don't add the water they come in to any tanks as it can harbor diseases. It's not fun for the fish, but I will often pour the water through a net and into a bucket and then flip the fish in the tank. If I play my cards right, that is the only time the fish has to be in the net.
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That's a good way to do that. But watch out; shrimp can really jump.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:22 AM   #9 
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Derp. I do that sometimes when I change my mind about how I want to write something. I mean don't add the water they come in to any tanks as it can harbor diseases. It's not fun for the fish, but I will often pour the water through a net and into a bucket and then flip the fish in the tank. If I play my cards right, that is the only time the fish has to be in the net.
Should i add anything to the water to kill parasites or just do frequent water changes to the shrimp when i qt them?
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #10 
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The only thing I routinely add the a QT tank is prazi, but that specifically targets gill flukes. I honestly don't know what it would do to the shrimp as they can be rather sensitive. I'd just to frequent water changes until you see a problem.
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