Go to a pet store and grab a simple hang on power filter or sponge filter. Before you get ready to quarantine something, put the sponge from the QT
filter in the main tank for a few weeks so it can colonize bacteria. Once it is ready do a water change and put the discard water into QT
with then conditioned filter sponge. At this point buy your livestock and acclimate it to the QT
. Let it go for 6 to 8 weeks (it really does feel like forever until you get an Ich outbreak) and then re-acclimate the livestock to the new tank. Once done clean everything with bleach and put the sponge filter back in the main tank filtration to prepare it for the next QT
or hospitalization. Remember to check the QT
water every day and change it as needed.