Saltwater City’s Fish Quarantine Process:
We understand that choosing to add fish to an aquarium can be a significant investment, which is why we are the first aquarium store in the Pacific Northwest to quarantine our fish for 14-days.
Our quarantine process starts when the fish arrive in our store. We float the bags and drip acclimate the fish before placing them in quarantine. The first week of quarantine is hypo-salinity (1.010 - 1.012) and copper. The second week of quarantine slowly raises the salinity (1.016 - 1.018) and copper is maintained. At the end of quarantine, the fish are drip acclimated before being introduced into our fish tanks and made available for sale. Our fish tanks maintain a salinity between 1.019 - 2.021 and the main fish wall continues the copper treatment. Our fish cubes towards the back of the store don’t have copper as they may contain inverts and other livestock that do not tolerate copper.
Our quarantine tanks and fish tanks have salinity ranges that are on the lower side than average home reef tanks (recommended ranges are 1.018 - 1.026). For that reason, we recommend that you drip acclimate fish in your home before placing them in your aquarium.