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How long should I quarantine for?
#1
Following the recent spate of unexplained deaths in my tank, I have decided to rehome some of what is left and replan my stock. Any suggestions for new stock will be welcome- I have very hard water (gdh 18.9) with a pH of about 8.

More pressing at the moment is how long should I keep my survivors in quarantine before rehoming them? They are five days into a course of Melafix incase it was some sort of bacterial infection. One of the clown loaches looked as though it had been painted in patches with watered down white emulsion, if that is an indicator of anything. I shall be rehoming 1 x 15cm clown loach, 3 x bristle nose plecs (keeping one), 1x Siamese algae eater. That will almost empty my tank apart from 6 glass cat fish and 4 x 2" corys. Any advice gratefully received, thank you.
Liz
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1 Clown Loach
4 Bristle Nose Plecs
4 Corydoras
6 Glass Catfish
1 Siamese Algae Eater
4 Kuhli Loach
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Clowns do the fading thing anyway. It's part of their communication with other clowns (I actually believe that other loaches do it as well, but it shows more with clowns), so it doesn't necessarily mean anything as to health.
Quarantine? 6 weeks is usually enough to show up any (new) problems.
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Thanks Ian, I'm glad I asked now because I was guessing about 2 or 3 weeks! Six weeks it shall be then.
Liz
Juwel Vision 180 L
1 Clown Loach
4 Bristle Nose Plecs
4 Corydoras
6 Glass Catfish
1 Siamese Algae Eater
4 Kuhli Loach
Artificial Plants (too much algae to cope with live plants)
External filter Eheim Ecco 300
Internal filter Eheim Pickup 60
Air pump/ air stone.
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(27-08-2019, 08:21 AM)plankton Wrote: Clowns do the fading thing anyway. It's part of their communication with other clowns (I actually believe that other loaches do it as well, but it shows more with clowns), so it doesn't necessarily mean anything as to health.
Quarantine? 6 weeks is usually enough to show up any (new) problems.

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Europa Wrote:Any suggestions for new stock will be welcome- I have very hard water (gdh 18.9) with a pH of about 8.

Having very hard water restricts the stocking.
The obvious choice would be live-bearers such as platy, molly, guppy but there are many others.
The best tank temperature for the remaining fish would be around 23C (73F) and any other fish should be compatible to that temperature.
Guppy & platy fit in with that range and you could also get away with some danios; the basic leopard/zebra/pearl danios are quite nice and very active (top dwellers).
You may also be OK with Odessa Barb (Pethia padamya) to give a slash of red, they usually hang around near the bottom and grow to about 2 inches.
Inle Loach (Petruichthys brevis) from Inle Lake, Myanmar is another option, nice in a group and only grow to about 2 inches.
Others from Inle Lake, Myanmar are the Red Dwarf Rasbora (Microrasbora rubescens) and the Asian Rummynose (Sawbwa resplendens) both grow to about 1.5 inches.

Just a few ideas.
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Thank you Stephen, there are some really lovely fish there which you have suggested. I have had a look at the profiles for all of them and I shall be choosing my new fish from these, so yes you have been very helpful. I shall have to pass on platys though because I don't seem to be able to keep them for some reason, but all the lake Inle ones are lovely.
Thanks again,
Liz
Juwel Vision 180 L
1 Clown Loach
4 Bristle Nose Plecs
4 Corydoras
6 Glass Catfish
1 Siamese Algae Eater
4 Kuhli Loach
Artificial Plants (too much algae to cope with live plants)
External filter Eheim Ecco 300
Internal filter Eheim Pickup 60
Air pump/ air stone.
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I'd agree with 6-8 weeks. Anything under 4 weeks is basically a waste of time, since many diseases/parasites/pathogens can take longer than that to show up

6 weeks is good, 8 weeks is better if you can: although obviously any quarantine at all is better than none
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Thank you, I can certainly do 8 weeks, there's no hurry for me. 
Liz.
Juwel Vision 180 L
1 Clown Loach
4 Bristle Nose Plecs
4 Corydoras
6 Glass Catfish
1 Siamese Algae Eater
4 Kuhli Loach
Artificial Plants (too much algae to cope with live plants)
External filter Eheim Ecco 300
Internal filter Eheim Pickup 60
Air pump/ air stone.
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