• How to: Bathe new fish in Safety Stop

    When it comes to buying new fish, the majority of people purchase the fish and within the hour, itís in their aquarium. The urge to add that beautiful new vivid angel or tang is completely natural. However, the ďnormĒ is to not bother with quarantine procedure and just ďgo for it.Ē Iíve been buying fish for my aquariums for nearly two decades. Some were healthy while others were sick, or displayed an infection within a day or two.

    Once a sick fish is in the display tank, the risk that other fish will catch the disease is real. That is when youíll hear the hobbyistís resolve to never let that happen again, and from that time forward they will forever use a quarantine tank. Why the change of heart? Besides having to endure the pain of removing dead bodies from the reef, they tally up the total dollars lost as further reason to never make that mistake again. Itís an expensive lesson, not to mention the loss of life.

    A few years ago, I was excited to see a new product called Safety Stop come to market. Itís a double bath treatment designed to remove external parasites from any newly acquired fish. Immediately I asked for details and purchased a few packages to try it out. Things to remember:

    ∑ Itís for fish only, not inverts or corals.
    ∑ Itís not a medical treatment to cure disease
    ∑ It will take a couple of hours each session
    ∑ Itís inexpensive and easy
    ∑ One package mixes 1-gallon of each solution
    ∑ It can be used for up to 5 hours
    ∑ It doesnít treat internal parasites / worms.

    For all of you that refuse to set up a quarantine, this alternative should be your routine Ė no more can you make the excuse you donít have space or time to set up a QT for that impulse buy. Keep Safety Stop on hand. Two buckets, an air pump and a timer plus this stuff and youíre equipped to limit the risk of infecting your current livestock.

    For many years I always kept a quarantine tank running so it was always ready for any new fish or coral I purchased, but after a couple of major tank leaks and subsequent scrambling, I had to set up temporary vessels to hold the livestock. The quarantine tank was in the way. So I became one of you, a guy with no QT but still enamored by new fish at the local fish store that often came home with me. Every fish Iíve purchased over the past few years has gone through Safety Stop and not one fish died during the process. No disease ever appeared in my reef. Gobies, clowns, tangs, butterflies, wrasses Ė they came through it perfectly.

    In addition, all new fish then go into the Peacemaker that is set up in my reef for about three days. This allows the fish to see each other but thereís no direct interaction. New fish typically exude a stress hormone that can trigger aggression by the current livestock, but the Peacemaker seems to curtail this completely. The fish wait in their smaller zone, are fed multiple times a day with the same foods I offer my livestock, and after a few days are released into the system. No conflict was observed between the newcomers and the old-timers whatsoever.

    Safety Stop retails for $5 at most fish stores, and is sold here on Melevís Reef as well. If you need to bathe bigger fish, simply use more packets. 1 packet treats 1-gallon, 2 packets treats 2-gallons, 3 packets treats 3-gallons and so forth. Spending a few dollars and bathing the fish in both parts over a 1.5 hour period is a great way to avoid the heartbreak of seeing your healthy fish suddenly succumb to ich, brooklynella or worse. I really donít understand why anyone would not use this product if they refuse to QT.

    And if you want to put your newly bathed fish in a quarantine tank for observation for a few weeks, even better. Do it. I still plan to set up a QT again, since it really is the best method. Sometimes I end up with a new coral and donít have the time to dip and inspect it, so a quarantine tank gives me a temporary place to house it until I have some free time. Hereís a video showing how I use Safety Stop. See for yourself how simple it is.

    Additional reading
    Product review: http://www.reefaddicts.com/content.p...ew-Safety-Stop