The importance of Quarantine for your Reef System
Although we take every effort to quarantine, treat, and provide care for the livestock in our custody, the only way to truly guarantee the protection of your own system and livestock within is by implementing your own quarantine procedures. We recommend a minimum four week quarantine on all fish livestock, and a two week quarantine on all inverts.
"In an established Reef System, a good quarantine procedure is paramount to success."
Quarantining livestock is one of the most important parts of proper aquarium husbandry. Unfortunately, many hobbyists choose to overlook this to their own detriment. A quarantine tank should be used any time new livestock is being introduced into an established system. The potential risk for introducing unwanted parasites or disease-causing organisms is forever present in the aquarium hobby. In addition to protecting your system against these unwanted pests and/or infections, a quarantine system provides a great environment for your livestock to recover from the stresses induced by shipping.
When not in use for quarantine, these tanks can also double as treatment tanks. Medicating or treating the entire aquarium display for a problem that affects only a few fish is not a good practice, and in a reef system it is essentially impossible to do so. Quarantine tanks allow only the infected fish to be treated, leaving sensitive species like corals and other inverts in the main display unaffected by the use of chemicals or medications.
We implement our own quarantine procedures at Reef Chasers, which helps give you an added benefit of shopping with the confidence that your livestock has been treated and handled with care through out the process. Always remember that although we do our very best, there is no substitution for your own quarantine protocols.
Reef Chasers Marine Fish Quarantine
Certain species of marine fish can be particularly prone to parasitic infections such as Clownfish, Tang, Angelfish and Wrasse. Infections like Brook (Brooklynella hostilis) are attacked head on at Reef Chasers as we implement preventative measures on these specimens which include medicated baths in anti-parasitic medication such as Praziquantel (PraziPro), or others. When dealing with Bacterial infections such as Vibrio, therapeutic baths using medications such as Ciprofloxacin, other disease-specific anti-bacteria medicines effective against gram-negative and some gram-positive bacterial pathogens of fish, like vibrios, flexibacteria, and aeromonads. These baths also help to control some common bacterial diseases in fish, including columnaris infections such as black patch necrosis, saddleback disease, and fin rot.
Once the newly received fish in our custody begin feeding and are successfully weened onto prepared foods, they are further de-wormed via frozen food soaked in praziquantel, metronidazole, or piperazine.
Through-out their stay at Reef Chasers, we offer a variety of vitamin-enriched foods to all of the fish in our care. Selcon soaked nori when appropriate as well as frozen foods that include mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, krill, and roe, copepods and phytoplankton. Foods are enriched with vitamins and medications in order to insure the fish in our care not only survive, but thrive!
We monitor and inspect livestock daily. We treat with for worms, flukes, and other bacterial infections as necessary. All fish livestock received at our facility are acclimated slowly over the course of 24 hours before entering the initial quarantine system. After they stay and are closely observed for a minimum of four weeks before they will move on to our holding systems.
You can shop with confidence and choose us as one of your trusted sources for buying reef safe marine fish online!
Coral Quarantine is equally important as there are many things we must watch out for when handling and introducing new corals into an established system. Especially colonies from the wild! All corals at Reef Chaser's are quarantined in a dedicated quarantine system for a minimum of 2 weeks of observation, and at times up to 4 weeks depending on the specimen and their conditions.
We are monitoring and inspecting daily for pests such as Aiptasia Anemones, Montipora Eating Nudibranchs, Sea Spiders (eeghads!), Euphyllia eating Flatworms, Fire worms and other unwanted intruders. Various treatment mechanisms are employed including biological measures Filefish, Wrasse, Berghia Nudibranchs, Peppermint Shrimp, and anti-bacterial baths, dips and treatments.
Although not looked at it in the same light as fish quarantine by many hobbyists, Coral Quarantine is every bit as important to building a successful reef environment and in some cases can be even more detrimental if ignored.
When we receive coral livestock, the first step is to treat them all with a therapeutic insecticide bath for 10-20 minutes. While this is not 100% effective (it does not always catch all the eggs) it does do a very good job at eliminating many living hitchhikers such as nuisance crabs, worms, nudibranchs, and sea spiders. It is NOT effective at eliminating Aiptasia as it is completely ineffective against corals and anemones. Certain coral species prone to bacterial disease in the wild such as Euphyllia are further dipped and bathed in a therapeutic solution containing Lugol's and Ciprofloxacin.
All corals are then re-based and rinsed thoroughly before finally entering the Coral Quarantine system. These specimen's are then monitored and inspected daily for two to four weeks depending on the coral's condition and acclimation progress. If there are any signs of infection, disease or unwanted pests the quarantine system and affected corals are further treated as necessary.
Once we become confident that a coral has what it takes to be added to the farm, we re-base it one final time and prepare the photographs that will be used to list the specimen on our website.
We hope these quarantine measures will give you added confidence in purchasing with Reef Chasers, we truly care about our specimens and ultimately your satisfaction. We hope that shows in our facility, procedures, and care.