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04 How do I avoid introducing diseases in the first place?




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This article is from the Aquaria: Disease, Algae and Snails FAQ, by Elaine Thompson, Thomas Sasala and George Booth

04 How do I avoid introducing diseases in the first place?

Never buy sick fish from a store. Especially do not buy fish or
plants from a tank if *any* fish in the tank shows any signs of
disease or if there is medicine in the water (water is colored yellow,
green, or blue). Store people may say the fish are fine, but if they
were, why is the medicine in the tank? Also ask how long the fish have
been in the store. New arrivals may be carrying diseases that have not
shown up yet. It is better to wait a couple of weeks before purchasing
the fish. If you must have a fish that just came in, be especially
sure to quarantine it properly.

 

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