March 8, 2015
I hope I'm putting this in the right section :).
I'm a long way off getting my next batch of fish but I thought it best to start thinking about quarantine tanks now so I'm properly prepared. I have a few questions:
March 15, 2009
November 3, 2008
I concur with Plaamoo if you are thinking of a QT that will only be running as needed, as opposed to permanently.
I will just describe my method, which works for me because I have a dedicated fish room so I keep a 20g tank permanently running that is used just to quarantine new fish for several weeks. It has a sand substrate, some plants (culls from the other tanks), a couple chunks of rock and wood for cover purposes, and thick with floating plants both for water quality and reducing overhead light. Sponge filter, and heater. This tank as I say runs permanently, and can be empty of fish for a year or even longer. The advantage of this is that I have not only a cycled tank but an established one for new acquisitions, and this does make quite a difference especially with my usually wild-caught and more delicate fish. Fortunately I've never had to treat fish in QT, knock on wood, but if I did I realize the plants would likely be tossed as many medications will decimate them anyway. Sand is very inexpensive to replace after any treatments.
I consider a hospital tank for treating disease on my long-standing fish a very different thing, and only once have I needed it (for pop-eye) but it is a 10g bare except for a wood-like decor that can be disinfected. Fish in completely bare tanks will be severely stressed which when they are fighting off a disease only makes things more difficult.
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