As dedicated hobbyists, you strive to offer the best care for your freshwater fish. You expect the same from your live fish provider. Drs. Foster and Smith LiveAquaria.com takes your concern seriously. All aquatic life offered in our Freshwater Diver's Den® section of LiveAquaria.com are housed and maintained in our state-of-the-art Aquaculture Coral and Aquatic Life Facility in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Under our strict supervision and extensive quarantine procedures, we offer you quality freshwater aquatic life that is second to none.
NEW to Diver’s Den® - The Freshwater Divers Den®!
Come check out our selection of ONE-OF-A-KIND freshwater fish! LiveAquaria.com’s newest addition to the Diver’s Den®, launched in August 2016, raises the bar once again. The addition of 75 feet of dedicated space for unique and more challenging species of freshwater fish expands our offering of highest quality “What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get” specimens for your freshwater display aquarium. Furthermore, our team of dedicated Freshwater Diver's Den® professionals have developed and implemented a strict set of quarantine and conditioning practices to ensure only the healthiest specimens are available to you.
"The fish you purchase from the Freshwater Diver's Den® are the healthiest freshwater ornamental fish available. Whether it’s $10.00 Tetras or a $300.00 Show Size Discus, every single fish at our Aquatic Life Facility receives our full attention and the highest level of professional care. All fish are quarantined and acclimated to captive conditions under strict protocols regardless of species."
Kevin Kohen - Director of Live Aquaria®
Upon arrival, all new freshwater specimens begin their journey through the Diver’s Den® facility in a low light environment to reduce stress throughout the unpacking process. From the moment a shipment is received, the shipping water temperature and pH are closely monitored before the acclimation process begins. Once fish begin acclimating to the quarantine system we practice a “no-net” technique to ensure that no additional stress can occur. Following release, the new aquarium inhabitants are offered a variety of vitamin-enriched foods to help strengthen their immune system.
State-of-the-Art Quarantine System
The entire freshwater holding system, comprised of multiple individual holding tanks, totals approximately 1,200 gallons and incorporates a new twist on a tried and true filtration system. Each holding tank is equipped with solenoid valves and a timer to perform automatic water changes twice per day with heated and aerated reverse osmosis water. Among the holding tanks are seven specially designated quarantine tanks, each containing approximately 60 gallons of water. These state-of-the-art quarantine tanks employ both biological and mechanical filtration to maintain optimum water conditions with zero ammonia and nitrate levels.
To reduce stress, lights are dimmed by 75% for the first 24 hours and are gradually increased over the next 48 hours. Close monitoring and adjustment of water parameters performed daily ensure an ideal environment with proper water chemistry and mineral composition tailored to suit the specific needs of each tank inhabitant. By utilizing isolated quarantine systems, we can provide precise pH and hardness levels for even the most demanding of species.
During the quarantine period, all new fish are treated with copper sulfate and a 37% formaldehyde solution to combat Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, ichthyobodosis, chilodonellosis and trichodinosis. Upon introduction to the quarantine system, we take an additional preventive approach to reduce stress by also using aquarium salt. Maintaining the salt level in our systems at 1.6ppt helps reduce stress by aiding fish gill function and ensures new arrivals do not experience "osmotic shock," a phenomenon where important electrolytes are lost through the gills and the fish's ability to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide is impaired.
Quarantine and Observation Period
The minimum quarantine period for all new arrivals is 2 weeks, though some sensitive species remain in quarantine for much longer. Depending on temperament and feeding habit, select fish are separated and housed in “species-only” tanks to ensure low stress levels and reduced competition during feeding. Throughout the quarantine period, close monitoring of behavior, food preferences, and overall appearance of each specimen ensures a successful transition into our main holding aquariums.
Final Acclimation to Captive Conditions
After the quarantine period is over and fish are showing no signs of stress or ailment, they are moved into the main holding aquariums. Identical to our quarantine systems, the main holding aquariums employ biological and mechanical filtration, and all water parameters are under precise control. At this stage of final acclimation, the fish are offered a variety of vitamin-enriched food a minimum of 4 times per day. When the fish have settled into their new environment, choice specimens are selected and photographed for the New Freshwater Diver’s Den®(R). By the time the images are loaded onto the Diver's Den® section of LiveAquaria®.com and offered for sale, these freshwater fish have passed a strict quarantine, treatment, and acclimation procedure. When you select these exquisite specimens from Diver's Den®, you are simply receiving the healthiest freshwater fish available anywhere.