Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day Eight of Quarantine

Things continue to go well for the two new butterflies!  On Thursday they finished their first round of prazi, and since then they were in-between doses (when treating for flukes you must allow a few days between doses for the fluke eggs to hatch; they won't hatch with prazi present).  Today I dosed their second round of prazi, and there was no reaction from them whatsoever- good!  I've also been maintaining the salt level at .3% and they've been doing great with that.  They're very active, eating well, and their waste looks healthy and normal.  I added a heater to the QT tub today because it's near a window and I was having a hard time keeping the temperature where I wanted it.  But the heater should help a lot with that.  After a few days of pondering, I finally decided on names for them!  The white one is Sophie and the red/white one is Felix.  Felix means lucky or fortunate, which is very fitting seeing as they survived the shipping incident.  And I've always thought Sophie sounds like a pretty and delicate name, which is so fitting for the white butterfly because she is so... well, pretty and delicate!

There is not much else to report!  They're still just being their cute little selves.


  1. I just found your blog on YouTube while I was looking for alternative ways to house fish for quarantine. I have a goldfish that might be sick that I need to quarantine, and I think I'll have everything prepared as far as housing it goes. I just have some hesitation because it lives in my pond and I worry that the move from a cold pond to a tank that's a few degrees warmer will stress the fish out. Do you have any tips on successfully transferring fish?

  2. Hi Alysha! Do you have exact numbers for the pond temp. and tank temp.? If it's really only a few degrees I don't think you need to do anything special. If it's more than 7-10 degrees different, then you can fill the QT tub halfway with pond water, and halfway with new water. That should make the transition a little easier for the fish. I hope this helps!

  3. I just joined Koko's Forum and gave a bit more description on a post I made

    Thank you so much for responding! I've lost 2 other fish from totally unnecessary errors on my part and I want to be completely sure I'm doing everything right before I go about moving this fish.

    I'm off to buy everything I saw in your video! I should upgrade the filter by Tuesday but is it okay to run the smaller filter for the time being? I don't think I'm going to move the fish until I have everything absolutely perfect.

  4. That's great! I saw your thread, and Shakaho knows a lot about ponds, so you're in good hands. :) The small filter is fine until you can get a larger one. You could even just get a second small one (like the one you have) and run both of them on the tank.