Procedure for Quarantined Fish:
After receiving fish, they are visually checked by Dr.Reef for any visible issues. Temperature is matched by floating the bags for 30 min.
Most wholesalers send us fish at Salinity 1.018 and temp of 80F, so we keep our QT tanks at Salinity 1.018 and temp at 80F. Over time we will bring the salinity upto 1.021-1.023 range.
Please expect Salinity of 1.023-1.024 for fish. (reduces stress and suppresses ammonia during shipping)
Fish go straight into quarantine tanks with either Chloroquine Phosphate or Copper power.
Starting doses are: CP at 20 mg/gal and Copper at 1ppm
After 24 hrs, we increase the doses to their final levels, CP at 40 mg/gal or Copper at 1.75-2.00 ppm
Fish stay in these levels for 2 weeks.
After 14 days we move them to observation tanks.
In observation, We administer Prazipro and Metro to get rid of internal parasites. We repeat treatment every 3 to 5 days.
Meanwhile we feed Fish Bendazole along with Metronidazole, mixed in food to rid Uronema and internal parasites.
At 4-6 weeks fish are ready to ship. If customers like me to keep them in observation little longer, we can, please let me know.
Feeding: We feed 2 times a day. All fish are fed a 50/50 mixture of frozen Mysis & frozen brine. In some cases frozen blood worms.
Procedure for Quarantined Inverts:
For Inverts please expect Salinity to be 1.024-1.026.
- Inverts go straight into quarantine tanks that are completely sterile, newly cycled with dry sand and new ceramic media, for 76 days. These tanks are fish-less tanks for inverts only.
- Inverts are ready for sale at 76 days.
- No medicine is administered in invert tanks.
- At the end of 76 days inverts are ready to ship. If customers like me to keep them in observation little longer, i can, please let me know.
- Feeding: We feed inverts once a day. They are fed a mix of frozen Mysis and frozen brine shrimps. Nori is also added to their diet.
These are conditioned fish and not quarantined. They will have a head start in your quarantine tank as some of the initial work has been done by us. Customers must follow with their own quarantine protocol.
Our goal is to carry quarantined livestock but there are many clients and hobbyist that want to quarantine their own fish or maybe they don’t quarantine at all, So we have a cheaper option for them to buy livestock.
Step by step Conditioning procedure:
Fish go straight into Formalin bath for 1 hour.
After 1 hour we move them to sterile tanks.
In sterile tanks, We administer Prazipro and Metronidazole to get rid of internal parasites. Doses are normally double the recommendations.
After 24 hours of being treated fish are ready to ship. We like to observe them in sterile tanks at least for 1 week. After 1 week in sterile tanks, if they dont sell, we move them to copper tanks and get them fully quarantined.