We all know about quarantine and acclimation for our reef friends, but what really do we achieve and what is the end game... we buy a new fish/coral/invert and we so often acclimate him into our DT and hope for the best, but ideally we should try and do both to help our new purchase and safe the money we spent on him. now some might say i cant have a second tank, QT is to much work etc, but let me state my reasons and possible solutions that will suit everyone's pocket. QT - the aim of QT'ing a fish/coral is to prevent pests and disease into our DT's, thats it, and from experience i didn't do this once and lost alot, but there are those who have never, Russian roulette anyone? Lets start with the easy livestock, corals. Here we can buy 3 readily available products here in SA, TLF Revive, Seachem Reef Dip and CoralRX all can be ordered from your lfs. its so simple you can treat in the bag they come with Don't Risk it! Dip it. | Coral Dipping | Treating Corals | Coral Health Seachem Reef Dip TLF ReVive Coral Cleaner The goal of QT's fish is to treat disease, prevent disease from travel stress and contamination of our DT, now this process required one to have a separate system where we could treat our fish with copper, formalin etc and often neglected due to the extra work. Some will still follow this route but there is now a product that works great, from my experience, and requires nothing more than 90min of your time. Blue Life Safety , with this product now we really have no excuse to not protect our fish. If you can run a dedicated QT then great. The next process i follow and to me just as important is a Acclimation Tank, this can be part of the system, a separate tank or a section in the sump. The Goal of the AT is to ease the new fish into our system and avoid the added stress of new tank-mates harassing him etc. It also allows us to see that he is eating and recoup of travelling etc. Once he is eating and immune system is boosted we can now add him to our DT without the fear of not eating and less worry for us. Also when adding a new fish, dim the lights and feed the tank, these distractions will also help avoid the tank bully stressing the new fish. If we look at the costs of livestock, the prevention and acclimation is only a fraction of the cost, and definitely less than loosing fish to whitespot etc. Remember parasites, bacteria, disease can be spread on corals, frags, please dip everything! From having made this mistake and loosing 90% of my 4 yr old fish, i can say that it is definitely worth doing.