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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:29 am 
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I have noticed some members receiving their altums in tanks that are display aquariums rather than actual quarantine tanks.

I understand how anxious we can get wanting to see our altums in a realistic natural biotope but take into consideration that this will make things harder if we encounter any problems.

Upon arrival, the fish need tow things:
1) Very clean water of the right pH and temperature.
2) Good quality food that will be readily eaten.

The reception or quarantine tank needs to be very simple, containing little or preferably no ornaments (wood, stones) with a thin layer of natural river sand, only enough to not allow the fish to see through the bottom of the tank and to avoid the formation of any bacterial film on the glass that could affect the ventral and anal fins that frequently come in contact with them.

Three sides of the tank should be covered. Brown bag paper taped to the three sides works great.

No direct lighting, but good indirect lighting that will allow you to see fish clearly. A light fixture located a foot or more above the tank with a low watt light bulb will also be fine.

A simple hang on back or large sponge filter (powerhead equipped or hooked up to an air diffuser with vigorous air flow.

The tank should contain only R/O water. R/O water provides better diffusion and absorption properties of water soluble medicines.

A UV is always helpful but remember to shut it off during treatment with pharmaceuticals.


This is about what we need to house the fish upon arrival.


At this point, you might want to have your display tank where you will permanently keep your fish already set up with some other "break in" or "cycling" species, but you still have time to fine tune this tank.

After your fish have been properly quarantined, treated for any symptoms and deparasited/dewormed, then they are ready for their permanent home.

So start off by keeping it simple and once your fish really feel at home, that you see they are starting to grow, transfer them to their permanent home.



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