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Old 11-30-2018, 12:08 AM
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LFS quarantine

Do any of the fish stores in Queens/LI quarantine their fish before selling them?
If not any suggestions for best lfs for healthy disease free fish?
Have a new tank I am looking to slowly stock.
First fish in will be a foxface
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:16 AM
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It’s impossible for a store to QT fish. You really should have your own QT system.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:22 AM
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Advanced Marine runs low levels of copper. Salgado runs low levels of prazi. +1 to your own system. get a small 20G with a sponge filter, bubbler, heater and ammonia badge. seed the sponge for a month or so with good bacteria. Many good forums on R2R on QT procedures. I fought the prospect of QT for the longest time due to lack of space and laziness, and luckily I haven't had a disease outbreak, but I knew it was only a matter of time so I took the plunge. I feel much better about buying a $225 Achilles tang last week now =)

It really is impossible for LFS to QT their fish. To make any sort of profit in this hobby for them, turnover is the biggest factor. IME, those 2 places I mentioned have the cleanest fish but nothing is ever a slam dunk.
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:07 AM
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advanced marine aquatics is the only place ill get my fish now
they run copper and prazi
but i still do tank transfer method and prazi pro for all my fish anyway
good luck with the new tank
ps when you stock your tank add the most peaceful / docile fish first
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:28 AM
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While probably not impossible but also not likely, a store can quarantine for 7~14 days just to isolate outbreaks but they are not prophylactically treating the fish. They might use "low dose" copper in their quarantine systems but this does not cure parasites, rather it just mask them IMO.
For anyone whether a service or store to prophylactically treat and quarantine a fish, it would take 30~40 days and that is just not practical unless they charge you 3x the cost of retail pricing.
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:20 PM
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hands down, advanced marine aquatics. Andrew and nick take care of those fish.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:29 PM
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Any store can have disease no matter what, better safe to QT yourself. I learned the hard way....

While I agree Andrew & Nick take care of their fish, that does not mean their fish are disease free. In order to treat a lot of marine diseases, it takes time a few weeks at least.

my 2 cents...
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:33 PM
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Also prazipro does not work for all flukes especially those that are common in marine angelfish. Only way to get rid of those flukes is hyposalinity...... Ask me how i know
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:51 PM
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thanks for all the great feedback. Advanced marine is where I was planning on getting most fish but they obviously don't have everything. I have a really old biocube tank that I think was 8 gallons, is that too small to use as a QT tank?
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:54 PM
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New tank is a RSR 525XL. Will be mixed reef.
Build thread is here https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/re...3-build.453412

This is my current stocking plan.
New fish
Foxface (one spot or elegance)
Flasher wrasse

then transfer these fish from existing tank
Clown Pair
Fire fish
2 Blue green chromis
Solan wrasse
Diamond Goby
Scooter Blenny
Anthias (Dispar?)

then back to new fish
Copperband butterfish (from LFS only)
Orchid Dottyback
Green Mandarin (once pods built up in fugre)
Scribbled Angelfish
Kole eye Tang
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