Critical Importance of Discus Quarantine Tanks

Quarantine tanks are a critical aspect of the fish keeping hobby; this video explores this topic. A must watch! Please comment and leave your techniques below for others in the hobby to read! thanks for contributing and watching!

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Quarantine tanks are a critical aspect of the fish keeping hobby; this video explores this topic. A must watch! Please comment and leave your techniques below for others in the hobby to read! thanks for contributing and watching!

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rosaura albor
rosaura albor - 4 years ago
I loved that u put this video up I had to Q all my tanks I'm a newbie at this but I got it down
1royalpalm
1royalpalm - 4 years ago
For sure you will save some lives ...glad i ran across this bc I am fixing to add to my main tank , have quarantine tank ready to go .
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 4 years ago
Fantastic!
Bárbara R
Bárbara R - 5 years ago
The times i set up my tank for Quarantine my new fish ALWAYS end up diying more. Like, they get SO stressed for the no decoration they die :|
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 4 years ago
+Bárbara R put some decor in your quarantine tank. Doesn't need to be bare
PBK
PBK - 5 years ago
Love your vids. I've used paraguard for sick discus and it's been awesome. Always have a large supply of the stuff in hand! It's worked for me on multiple tanks for multiple fish. Through hard knocks I am a believer in QT. Two of my community tanks (not discus) a 36 gallon and a 20 gallon, I've not added a new fish for over a year. Same weekly routine of 35-40% w/c and keeping filter media clean. Not a single death in a year in either tank.
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 5 years ago
+PBK fantastic!
Desmond Barnes
Desmond Barnes - 5 years ago
hey Scuba Stevea can I run Metroplex and paragard at the same time?
Desmond Barnes
Desmond Barnes - 5 years ago
thanks for the reply Scuba Steve
Desmond Barnes
Desmond Barnes - 5 years ago
Scuba Steve thanks for all your advice on all your videos. can you please tell me how you acclimate your discus? I'm trying discus for the first time.
Desmond Barnes
Desmond Barnes - 5 years ago
Scuba Steve when should I start running the meds?
Desmond Barnes
Desmond Barnes - 5 years ago
Scuba Steve thanks for your advice again. I just finish acclimating. And they're in the tank. They look fine. Now I will quarantine like you do. thanks.
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 5 years ago
+Desmond Barnes I float the bag, add a half a cup of water, wait 10 minutes, repeat and dump. Or if your ph is close to the pH in the bag, drop and plop. They may sit at the bottom for a minute or even lay on their side for a couple of hours but they'll pop up and be swimming in a few. Good luck!
Peach Face
Peach Face - 5 years ago
Hi Steve. Good video as always. Do you use ParaziPro and metroplex directly to the tank or do you make medicated food? How long on each meds to do total of 2 months? Thank you!
tanmay sharma
tanmay sharma - 6 years ago
hey, what salt did you mention?
Peach Face
Peach Face - 5 years ago
tanmay sharma epsom salt
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 5 years ago
+tanmay sharma I can't remember what I said salt in reference to in this vid?

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AquaLady 420
AquaLady 420 - 6 years ago
I wish mire people would realize this. It's not about saving money, it's about saving the fish.
Maurice Aquariums
Maurice Aquariums - 6 years ago
Here is a massive news breaking bulletin! Man people underestimate the need of a QT big time. I just got a new guy and "plop" into the QT he goes. No matter how pretty or how healthy a fish looks. I alway quarantine them especially before they go into the main tank with my big boys and gals. Great vid man
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 6 years ago
+Maurice Aquariums Thanks Mo!
Al Brown
Al Brown - 6 years ago
Right on the money Steve.
Justin P
Justin P - 6 years ago
Great info. Next time I need to take your advice the last fish I bought had ick, ended up treating the whole tank.
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 6 years ago
+Justin P Hate that bro! I've had my fish in this video for 1 week now and one of them is just now showing ich. Telling you, crazy not to quarantine! But we live and learn and I've made my fair share of dumb moves!
Young Tank
Young Tank - 6 years ago
awesome video bro great information I just went through that myself with internal parasite I lost two fishes and had to strip down the whole tank
Scuba Steve
Scuba Steve - 6 years ago
+young tank Sorry to hear that. One of the fish in this video is just now showing signs of ich. No jumping the gun on moving these guys; 2 months minimum! Thanks for sharing! Important for others to read these comments and see other people and how they feel about it.
Joe Amazon
Joe Amazon - 6 years ago
Do you soak the medication into food or put it into the water? Interesting thoughts on medicating stages for new fish. How long do you medicate in each for?....Btw, listed the new video. Thanks
Joe Amazon
Joe Amazon - 6 years ago
Sounds good. I got one fish that looks a little emaciated and a little lathargic. He still eats and still comes to the front of the tank. I've treated the fish with Fenbendazale dewolmer for 5 days and now I'm treated with Metroplex. Any thoughts?
The Fish Closet
The Fish Closet - 6 years ago
yeah your 100%correct in your advice. ive been in the hobby for 20yrs and only recently started quarantining my new fish. this was a result of learning a very expensive lesson. i lost a full community tank to camalanus worm and it so could of been avoided if i had quarantined Plants i recieved from a friend. thats right PLANTS.
dope sack
dope sack - 6 years ago
that right homi e good information for rookie
brett oreilly
brett oreilly - 6 years ago
hi scuba steve can you tell me what sort of size tank i need for a baby discus i have been told 300l
TS Connection
TS Connection - 6 years ago
I brought a black moor many years ago. It looked healthy however within a week it got white spot disease and wasn't eating. Infected all my healthy fish and killed them all! I tried treatment but wasn't effective that time. Even after I cleaned and took the tank down for a year the disease still persisted in the tank when I set it up. Long story short I lost some fish but I WON THE WAR!!!

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Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
cool video love these lectures :)
Corey Hecker
Corey Hecker - 6 years ago
great advice. learned a lot. thank you for doing this video. probably saved me some cash.
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More - 6 years ago
Great vid...the most important part of the hobby is to quarantine
IFG
IFG - 6 years ago
Whats up Steve. Extraordinary content. Awesome video bro! Hey man a lot of people ask me about fish not eating and excreting white mucus in their poop. When i tell them parasites they get defensive. Crazy hobby bro.
Luis Q.
Luis Q. - 7 years ago
well said scuba Steve
Alexzy Rivera Calderon
Alexzy Rivera Calderon - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve I just ordered on ebay a RODI unit reverse osmosis for $85 100 gal and a uv sterilizer for $30 and the discus buffer waiting next week for the product to come al keep you posted.
Alexzy Rivera Calderon
Alexzy Rivera Calderon - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve al get the RODI unit and I saw one for $150 is that good enough ? on ebay and the uv sterilizer for $30 .and get the moss with drift later when I get the new tank
Alexzy Rivera Calderon
Alexzy Rivera Calderon - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve I got my fish from a pet store they told me they got there's in a wear house and they kept them in a pH of 6.4

which uv sterilizer you recommend ?

and where do you get your moss and drift wood ?
Alexzy Rivera Calderon
Alexzy Rivera Calderon - 6 years ago
I heard from the pet shop guy he said he uses salt when they turn a little black but i did not believe him at all lol .I should just continue the process for 3 weeks of metroplex then para gaurd after . And also am from nyc the pH comes out high at 7.5 from tap water but I keep it stable 6.8 with A.P.I pH down. I don't have access to r/o water. Would this be a problem later down the line because I would like to order from Kennys or hans discus . And please keep us posted with a video series on quarantine because there's no videos on YouTube that explain the process. Thank you so much for your help.i would like to send you a picture of the discus I have so you can get a better idea what they look like and maybe see something that I don't see but you tube does not do that lol .
Alexzy Rivera Calderon
Alexzy Rivera Calderon - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve how you doing Steve I have a question on the salt does it help with the quarantine process . I have a pigeon blood that has little black spots but eats normally does not stay on the top in a corner or any signs of white feces I was told the salt helps get rid of the black spots and could it be possible that some pigeon blood come naturally with a little black spots as I heard from simplydiscus.com on a YouTube video .and I also have a white discus that is doing really well shows no signs ether. I did get the metroplex that you told me to get and I have been treating them for 4 days now and I do a 50 percent water change every 2 days to apply the medicine again and I add 3 little spoons in a 20 gallon .I also raised the heat to 88 and have a aqua clear 110 and sponge filter inside. am looking for 50 or 75 gallon tank on ebay at the moment until the quarantine process is over. I spend a lot of money so far on these two discus just trying to keep them healthy I made the huge mistake getting it at the pet shop never again :( . but they look like they are doing well and are eating like pigs
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 7 years ago
words to the wise!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve I usually just rinse a live sponge into a pitcher of water then pour it in the new tank, but I still feel like it's too risky. (I'm also talking about impulse buys, not fish you plan on acquiring)
Ironically, the GBR is the first fish I haven't QT'd in months. lol
It's poop turned from grey to brown in a day or two btw. All looks good so far. I hope to do a video today.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve I have spare tanks, but I don't want to qt in an uncycled tank. Especially a sensitive fish like the GBR I just got. (So far, so good)
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scuba Steve yeah, I'm pretty bad about it. I throw the dice too often. Mostly depends on whether or not I have a tank free to use as a qt.

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