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Old 01/13/2018, 04:20 AM   #1
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Marine velvet outbreak

This is my first post and it's not for showing you my fantastic reef tank. I am really new to this hobby, I started 6 months ago. All was going fine and my reef tank was starting to grow, but last week I had an outbreak of Marine velvet that took off more than a half of my fish community. After a lot of research I understood the need of using a quarantine tank for new arrivals an for a hospital tank. I read a lot about the Marine velvet and all the sources say that now I have to take out the fishes that have survived, put it into a quarantine tank and do a treatment for Marine velvet, and also let the main display without fishes for 4 to 8 weeks because of the life cycle of this bacteria. Is this right? I ask you some tips about how I have to proceed for cleaning my tank and start over with a fresh system. I will appreciate any information.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 01/13/2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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The fallow period for velvet is 6 weeks. All remaining fish must be treated in copper of Chloroquine Phosphate for 30 days.

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Old 01/13/2018, 11:45 AM   #3
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Chloroquine is the med of choice for velvet, unless you have fish that don't do well in it. 6 weeks fallow for velvet

Fish are not disposable commodities, but a worthwhile investment that can be maintained and enjoyed for many years, providing one is willing to take the time to understand their requirements and needs

Current Tank Info: 625g, 220g sump, RD3 230w, Vectra L1 on a closed loop, 3 MP60s, MP40. Several QTs
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Old 01/14/2018, 07:50 AM   #4
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First of all, thank you for all your replies.
I will quarantine all the remaining fish and do this fallow period.

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