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     Companion Fish
 Having Fish in your Quarantine Tank

Companion Fish?

            This was the first year my goldfish in the quarantine tank spawned.  In fact, it was the first year I had more than one goldfish in the quarantine tank for a potential spawn.  It was so rough in there that my round-bodied opalesque female actually died during the spawning.  I had bought her as a little baby during a koi emergency about 8 years ago.  She had been my koi “companion” fish.  (Goldfish are able to live in solitary while koi require another fish in their environs.)  She actually grew into a beautiful big silver fantail fish and I didn’t even know she was a she until it was too late.  Naturally, I found out the hard way.  I had brought in some very large “rescued” comets late last fall.  The only place to put them at the time was the quarantine tank.  There was no way I was putting a bunch of big fat rowdy goldfish in my beautiful koi pond!

            All joking aside, it is important to have one companion fish ready when you need to quarantine a fish.  This is a fish you know isn’t harboring any deadly parasites and is used to your water.  That little silver-white fish was perfect for her job.  She showed new fish where the food was at feeding time and kept koi comfortable in the quarantine tank, so I had no problem with jump-out suicides.  In return, she had a good life in a 300-gallon clean-water quarantine tank.  This fish had but one purpose in life, to be a companion fish when needed.

By Carolyn Weise
Ecological Laboratories, Inc.

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