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Aquaculture/Fisheries Center - Extension - Fish Health
When to Expect Results
     Results of water quality analysis and examination for parasites are usually complete within a few hours of receipt of the sample. This work is frequently completed on a "while you wait" basis. Bacterial cultures take 2-5 days. Viral cultures take 4-30 days depending on the virus. 

     As soon as sufficient data is available (hours to days depending on the problem) a diagnosis will be made and treatment options outlined. It is the policy of the Diagnostic Program to recommend only those treatments that are scientifically demonstrated to be safe and effective and to use chemicals only when a significant benefit can be reasonable anticipated. Only treatments legal under state and federal law will be recommended. The use of illegal treatments may jeopardize public health and subject those involved to criminal prosecution.