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Hospital Tank

We have set up the hospital tank and are treating our fish.

Posted: February 4, 2010

By Jackie Brown

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Our two surviving fish are getting used to their new home in the hospital tank.

We had to tear down the display tank to catch the fish.

Our royal gramma died shortly after my last post. I was expecting it, but it was still a hard hit. That pretty little fish had been in the tank almost three years, and it was really sad to see him go.

Luckily, the tomato clown and the coral beauty are still hanging in there. A few days ago, we captured these two survivors and moved them to the hospital tank. Catching them was no easy task — we had to completely tear down and remove all the rocks and corals from the tank. We moved everything into buckets and covered it all with water, then got out the nets and went fishing. The coral beauty proved especially tricky to catch — she can really move!

After the fish were in the hospital tank, we administered the first dose of copper medicine, according to the directions on the label. We redosed after 48 hours and then tested the water for copper. Our concentration is exactly where it’s supposed to be. The next challenge will be keeping the copper concentration steady over the next two weeks. I also tested the water for ammonia, which was present at a low level. We’ll be doing small water changes daily or every other day to keep these ammonia levels in check. Of course, every time we do a water change, the copper levels will drop, so we’ll need to add enough copper medicine to the replacement water to bring the levels back up. I know this will be tricky, but with testing I know we can do it.

For now, I know we are doing all we can to help the fish. I’ll just hope and pray that they’ll make it through the marine ich treatment. I will keep you posted on their progress!

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goldielover    louisburg, NC

5/31/2011 9:01:26 AM

I'm sorry for your loss. I lost a goldie named Sammy(3yrsold) because I didn't quarantine new fish. I learned my lesson. I hope your remaining fish will be ok. I still have a beautiful sarasa comet left named Spike.

Debbie    BVL, FL

2/16/2010 7:22:53 AM

Thanks for the good article.

Jackie    Irvine, CA

2/12/2010 10:29:03 AM

Hi Shari,

If you have a reef tank, I have learned the hard way that a hospital/quarantine tank is really a necesity to both prevent disease outbreaks, as well as treat them if they do occur.

Len: An update will be posted today... things are going well!

Reef Keeper(Len)    Edmonton, AB

2/11/2010 11:40:19 AM

sorry tack should be tank and good should be godsent

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