Once received and acclimated, we perform a freshwater bath on all incoming fish. When complete, we move our fish via specimen containers or by hand to the main quarantine system. Unless fish exhibit excessive signs of disease, they remain in the main quarantine system for a minimum of 2 weeks.
We run 2.0ppm chelated copper in the main quarantine system at all times. The constant copper prevents ich and velvet from infecting the system. Additionally, nitrofurazone is present in the water column 24/7 to combat bacterial infections. Every fish listed for sale has undergone at least one round of praziquantel, usually two rounds. New fish receive freshwater baths every other day for the first week to prevent any ailment from taking hold and to help identify flukes. During active quarantine, fish are fed frozen foods soaked with seachem metroplex, kanaplex, and focus everyday for two weeks to clear their intestinal tract. If a fish shows symptoms of brooklynella or uronema, they're given a series of formalin baths based on severity of symptoms. We don't use formalin prophylactically. If any condition is especially persistent, we have designated hospital systems for medicating fish individually.
Once specimens have been disease free for 2 weeks, they are moved to tanks without medication to prevent overexposure to copper. At this point, healthy fish are listed for sale. In the case of a fish contracting disease partway through the quarantine process, the timeline resets. The fish must be disease free for an additional 2 weeks before going on sale.
Fish such as Angels, Tangs, and some types of Wrasse are kept in chelated copper for a maximum of 2.5 weeks to prevent HLLE and copper poisoning. If additional treatment is required, then hyposalinity or chloroquine phosphate are utilized instead. Some species of fish, mainly types of Wrasse and Pufferfish are never exposed to copper in our facility; we use alternative treatments for hypersensitive species.
Why You Should Quarantine:
Quarantining your new arrivals before introducing them into a display tank is an essential part of aquarium husbandry. We are unable to guarantee that the livestock we sell is 100% disease free. There are simply too many factors in place. Additionally, a quarantine tank is a suitable place to adjust the diet of a specimen or condition fish to different water parameters before introducing them into a display aquarium.
Here at Tide Pool Aquatics, we are diligent about our husbandry, fish care, and medication use, but quarantine is important regardless of the livestock source. If you have any questions about our procedures or anything regarding how to properly quarantine your fish, please reach out.
What do we feed?
The menu at Tide Pool Aquatics is excellent! We are diligent about feeding our fish well. All fish sold are guaranteed to be eating prepared foods, even the finicky ones! Our feeding plan is formulated to accommodate all the fish we carry. The frequency of feeding is species dependent. Some fish receive up to three feedings each day while others may only be fed every other day. These feedings may include but are not limited to... PE Frozen Mysis, PE Frozen Calanus, Hikari Mysis, Angelfish & Butterflyfish Preparations, Chopped Squid, Chopped Clams & Clams on half shell, Chopped Silverside, occasionally Frozen Krill, and New Life Spectrum Marine Pellets. Also, we provide constant live Red Ogo Seaweed to our tangs and angelfish for grazing.