How Long Should I Quarantine A New Fish?

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For pond owners, there’s not much of anything that’s more exciting than bringing a new fish home and adding it to your pond or water garden.

In all the excitement, one thing that some folks do that’s really a bit of a risk it to just put their new friend right in the pond with all the other fish.  Sometimes you can get away with it, but other times, this will mess up everyone else in the pond that’s been doing pretty well all along.

What do I mean?  Well, it’s not a pleasant subject but I’m talking about fish diseases.

These can range from simple parasites all the way up to HPV which is a herpes virus that affects Koi fish.

And let’s say you put the newcomer into the pond and it happens to be infected with something.  Depending on the ailment you can expect many of them to spread and particularly affect any of the weaker or more stressed fish in the pond.

But there is a way around this issue that can safeguard all of your other fish and it’s called quarantine.

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