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Quarantine / Hypo Hospital - My testimonial

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Three months ago I bought some gumdrop Coral Crouchers and I decided this time around to do everything as "right" as I could. I have been Quarantining my fish for the past year. I used my frag tank as the Quarantine site for my Gumdrops as there was live food available to them in there -  such as tiny shrimp like things. I figured they would fare a better chance in there with that along with subsidised feeding - I had to train them to eat frozen.

 

So at the end of the month I was considering to add them to display, but when I took them out I noticed small white spots. UH OH! ICH!

 

What I had done was add a couple snails to the tank during their quarantine -  without thinking - New lesson learned -  quarantine everything. My frag tank does not have the best light so not all corals can do well in there.

 

So I cannot treat that tank with anything (as it is a frag), but after some googling, hyposaline seemed to be okay, if i kept it at 1.009 (I think that was the numbers) So  I put the gums into the hospital tank and immediately dropped it to 1.009. They did not have the spots at this time,  so I was banking on I left the issue behind in the frag tank. Due to the hypo conditions, I had to seriously feed these guys and well they were still being a bit difficult about accepting frozen. I had to deal with my PH and alk swinging everywhere too.

 

Due to fearing for their lives due to lack of available food at the third week I started to increase the tank from Hypo to display conditions. Ordinarily I would have kept them in the hospital for two weeks to a month after to observe, but I felt like they would starve. I decided to risk it and put them into the display as soon as the parameters matched. That was a month ago - actually about a month and a half. SO far, no one has developed any disease and the gumdrops are still doing okay. Where they  hide means I can feed them only once a day - since the corals they hang out in (trumpet and hammer) are full and fluffy during light hours.

 

What I am saying is, Quarantine -  and observe, and treat if necessary -  preventive treatment is okay too. But I did not bring in the disease into my display. It may be good to also quarantine the inverts as well -  if that was the case of the ich getting in on snail shells. This to me was proof that Quarantine and hypo worked and it should be adopted by everyone. Just keep an extra tank, heater, and filter handy.

 

 

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