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    Default Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    Hello fellow discus keepers,
    Last month it has been a terrible battle against an unknown bacteria/virus, that came with 2 new discus fish.
    I tried many medicine, but my old discus group was wiped out

    At the moment only 1 of the new discus fish, that I think brought the problems, is left alive: and he is doing perfectly fine, together with the Altum Angels and the corys.

    I have ordered a new group of discus, for August, so my question here it is: shall I remove all fish and sterilize the tank, in order to avoid another catastrophy, or shall I keep the corys?

    I am thinking re-starting from 0 its the best and safest option now.

    What is your opinion?

    Cheers
    Kire

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    Hi Kire,
    Perhaps starting anew could be the easiest way but you will need to start from ground zero ie no fish. Another thought is do you have a quarantine tank? Where you could house any new fish away from your current fish and use the hero fish method after six weeks or so. Here's Al QT procedure https://forum.simplydiscus.com/showt...tine-Procedure.
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    Default Re: Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    Thanks Pat! I aggree with you - starting from 0 with no fish might be safest.
    Its not worth the risk so I can save few bucks here and there... having in mind the new group is around 5K...

    Thank you for your thoughts,
    Kire

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    Default Re: Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    "around 5K' We need pictures when they arrive.

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    Default Re: Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanman View Post
    "around 5K' We need pictures when they arrive.
    I meant - 5k for the discus and all the rest fishes. The discus will be 180 $ per piece + shipping, so close to 200 $

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    I would definitely start fresh. It sounds like you are planning a sizable investment there in new fish. No sense it risking a problem.

    What kind of discus are you getting and can you tell us about your tank somemore..Always interested in Discus here.
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    Default Re: Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    Thanks Al!

    I am getting Wild Tefe Green Discus.
    Same like my previous group.

    Here you can see my instagram profile where I have lots of photos https://www.instagram.com/aquascapingtheworld/

    Another question: I have very ripe Cory Sterbai, that I am thinking to isolate in another tank and breed them: do you think that after some time the babies will potentially cary the same bacteria/ virus that viped out my first group? I am reading different case studies

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    Last edited by Kirehajba; 05-19-2024 at 09:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirehajba View Post
    Thanks Al!

    I am getting Wild Tefe Green Discus.
    Same like my previous group.

    Here you can see my instagram profile where I have lots of photos https://www.instagram.com/aquascapingtheworld/

    Another question: I have very ripe Cory Sterbai, that I am thinking to isolate in another tank and breed them: do you think that after some time the babies will potentially cary the same bacteria/ virus that viped out my first group? I am reading different case studies

    Screenshot 2024-05-19 at 14.09.55.jpgScreenshot 2024-05-19 at 14.09.44.jpgScreenshot 2024-05-19 at 14.09.05.jpgScreenshot 2024-05-19 at 14.09.19.jpg
    Wow thats one beautiful Set up you had there! And the greens you had were real gems. Im sorry you lost them.

    on your sterbai. I think you will be ok to separate and breed them... and introduce the young back to the tank... Sterbai
    eggs should not carry any pathogens.
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    I recognize you from a video link that some one here posted. Your losses were terrible. I could tell from the video you were devastated. Im so sorry.
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    Default Re: Sterilize tank and remove old fish or not?

    Thank you guys... indeed I was and still I am devastated
    The fish were a wedding gift from my wife, so I was very attached to them...
    But life goes one, and we learn from our mistakes...
    I am working with the same importer from the Netherlands to source the new group, so I am expecting the new group to be equally good as the previous one. Will keep you posted

    For the moment, this is the idea of the new fish for the discus tank:
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