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Dan_Scheeff
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Nursery

Post by Dan_Scheeff » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:12 pm

When you remove a sick fish from a nursery (whether it dies or is healthy enough to return to a community tank) what precautions should you take before adding other fish to the nursery?

If you have sponge filters, what do you do to make sure they are free from disease?

~Dan

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Re: Nursery

Post by Mike Wise » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:25 pm

The simplest method to sterilize a sponge filter is to either microwave it or boil it. This will kill all of the bacteria so you'll need to re-inoculate it. This is simple if you have other healthy sponge filters in use. Simply squeeze out the dirt from the healthy filter into a container with tank water. Then allow the sterilized filter to run in the dirty water until the water clears. The dirt will have more than enough beneficial bacteria to inoculate the filter. Just squeeze it a few times and put in a tank. If the tank had fish in it that all died - and you want to be absolutely certain that it's sterile - then I would add a cup of normal bleach/gallon of water to the tank (with everything except the filter) and let it set for a day or 2. Then rinse everything thoroughly and add 2 - 3X the amount of dechlorinator to the tank. Drain it one more time and then add new water.

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Re: Nursery

Post by Dan_Scheeff » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:41 am

THANK YOU!

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