Quarantining new fish is a necessary protocol to ensure the health and safety of the displays they will eventually be living in. This delayed gratification might be less desirable than enjoying your new fish in their new home right away, but once you’ve been patient enough to guarantee your fish are in good shape, it’s so satisfying to finally put them in their forever tanks.
After almost two years of building out the Reef Builders Studio, we’ve developed somewhat of a rhythmic technique where all our new fish are acquired and quarantined in batches. Instead of performing the bare minimum 14-21 days of quarantine period, we like to spend more like 30 to 90 days really cleansing our fish with the prophylactic treatments for common internal and external diseases.
But more than a disease treatment, quarantining new caught wild fish has as much to do with ensuring these specimens eat prepared aquarium foods with gusto. This last part is very important as the new fish will need to eat quickly enough in a competitive aquarium environment already populated with very well trained fish.
For this latest video we bring you along to observe a number of new fish that we ‘released’ into the primary saltwater fish display tank, and a couple other pairs of fish distributing into various reef tanks. Again, the quarantining process is nowhere near as exciting as seeing fish go into their reef or fish display, but it is well worth it to guarantee that you don’t introduce any diseases or parasites to our beloved fishy pets.