White spot affect corals?

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  1. gavster

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    Hey guys. I want to set up a cube as a Quarantine tank for my DT but want it to have some life too. So I'm thinking of permanently keeping some corals and locally caught fish in it too. The question is, if a new fish does turn out to have whitespot whilst in this tank and affect the fish and let's say, worst case scenario, they all die - will I have to clean out start the WHOLE tank again or just keep it fishless for a month to kill the whitespot but still be able to keep the corals?
     
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  3. Tremayn

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    Hey man, @ziyaadb had whitespot in his tank and he said it takes 6-8weeks for the spot to die. He can tell you the full story
     
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    Yeah the corals arent affected at all, but the rocks they are on can host the parasites for 6weeks or so
     
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    As far as I know white spot only affects fish so you should not worry about the corals, the thing is with white spot, it will survive in your tank's substance for a long time, and you will probably also get it with new fish that you would introduce to your QT tank.

    But having corals in the QT would make treatment of sick fish a bit tricky.
     
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    Whitespot will not effect coral and invests.
    A quarantine tank should not have any permanent livestock in it. Keeping corals will limit your treatment options. Not a wise idea to keep fish cause the sick fish will just pass the disease to them. You also need to empty and thoroughly clean a quarantine tank after youve used it.
     
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    Thanks guys! What would disinfect an affected tank?
     
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    Sorry I meant INFECTED... But you knew that. Haha...
     
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    empty it, wash it with a boiling vinegar and ro solution and leave it in the sun to dry
     
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    all explained. nothing more for me to add.
     
  11. David Vaughan

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    Please remember what you wish to accomplish with quarantining. Your quarantine tank should be completely isolated from anything else, including other animals. Adding corals or other resident fish will just cause problems.

    Regards

    David
     
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    Ok I'm getting the picture. I believe in quarantine - 1 point to me! Its just that I didn't want to set up another system to simply be a glorified bowl of water to temporarily house new fish. How do you keep the water stable with no life or food in it in between?
     
  13. David Vaughan

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    You dont have to let it run indefinitely and it can be shut down if you aren't using it for a while. Filtration on quarantine tanks are primarily mechanical and or mechanical/chemical* because most chemicals used in treatments have a negative impact on denitrifying bacteria.

    *chemical filters often strip out treatments as well, so these are often only additions after treatments have been completed.

    Regards

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