Quarantine & Conditioning

Prophylactic Treatments:    

Once received and acclimated, we perform a freshwater bath on all incoming fish. When complete, we move our fish with specimen containers or by hand to the main quarantine system. Unless the fish exhibits excessive signs of disease, they remain in the main quarantine system for a minimum of 2 weeks.

We run 1.8ppm chelated copper in the main quarantine system at all times. The constant copper prevents outbreaks of ich and velvet in our systems. Additionally, nitrofurazone is present in the water column to combat bacterial infections. Every fish listed for sale has undergone at least one round of praziquantel. Lastly, all new arrivals are fed with metronidazole and kanamycin for five days, and receive freshwater baths every other day for the first week. 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 wrasse, angelfish, and tangs are kept in chelated copper for a maximum of 2 weeks to prevent HLLE and copper poisoning. If additional treatment is required, then hyposalinity or chloroquine phosphate are utilized instead. 



Why You Should Quarantine:

Quarantining your new arrivals before introducing them into a display tank is an essential part of aquarium husbandry. 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. 

We are meticulous when it comes to packing and shipping our fish safely, however shipping and transport is still a stressful time for aquarium livestock. A quarantine tank is a convenient way to observe for any stress-induced illness that may arise, and this time can also be used to confirm that the specimen is still eating properly. 

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 four feedings each day while others may only be fed every other day. These feedings may include but are not limited to Hikari Spirulina Brine Shrimp, San Francisco Bay Brand Brine Shrimp, PE Frozen Mysis, Hikari Mysis, San Francisco Bay Brand Angelfish Preparations, Clams & Silverside, and New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Formula. Also, we provide dry green, red, or brown seaweed daily for grazing.