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     Quarantine for Your Fish
  Having a Quarantine Tank for your Pond Fish

Quarantine!

            If you have a pond, it would be a great idea to also have a quarantine tank.  Any sick fish would be easier to treat in a quarantine tank and any new fish can be bringing in untold diseases that aren’t even visible to the naked eye.  Ponds are a thing of beauty and fascination.  The fish are our living flowers.  But when fish begin dying, all I’ve ever witnessed is stress, anguish and remorse.

            A quarantine tank should be small enough to manage, have really good filtration, and be set near a water source, out of the direct sun.  It also would be important to have an aquarium-type heater available.  You will need non-iodized pond salt (3 lb/100 gallons), a cover on the tank, test kits, and someone with a microscope to do scraping for parasites.  It needs to be easy to do water changes.  Have an expendable fish that can be used as companion to the newcomer while in Quarantine.

Feed the fish medicated food initially, for safeguard against internal infections.  Use Praziquantel to protect against flukes and worms.  The salt will eliminate most of the more common parasites within 15-21 days.  If other parasites are diagnosed, there are more treatments which are less costly to use in a small Quarantine tank than in treating the whole pond. 

Failure to Quarantine new fish can mean the end of the pond as you know it.  One fish infected with Koi Herpes Virus can wipe out an entire pond in a matter of days and there is no treatment.  This KHV is temperature sensitive, hence the thermometer and aquarium heater.  Bring the temperature in the quarantine tank up to 78F for safekeeping.  At 74F the disease will break and at 78, it will die.  At 80F, it is supposedly killed and the fish will be safe (if infected in the first place).  Dealers and former pond owners cannot tell by looking at their fish whether it has been exposed to KHV, so be safe and quarantine all new fish.  There isn’t any pond owner who will not buy another fish at some time in the future, so plan the quarantine facilities now, while you have time.

 

           

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