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Old 05-17-2015, 09:17 PM   #1
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Quarentine tank?

I understand the concept of the quarantine tank, and it seems like a really good idea. I'm a relatively new enthusiast who only has two tanks. one 20 gal and one 55 gal. I don't add fish very often. I'd like to quarantine new fish, but how do I maintain a quarantine tank when there are no fish to inhabit it. I don't want to cycle the tank every time I want to add fish. Would I have to keep sacrificial fish in the quarantine tank to maintain the environment? Doesn't seem humane. Also, my 20 gal is a community tank and my 55 gal is semi aggressive. Any fish I kept in a quarantine tank might be at the mercy of the fish under quarantine. Last question. I've read where people keep quarantine tanks anywhere from 3 to 20 gallons. Is there a right size?
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:54 PM   #3
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Quarentine tank?

Keep 1 or 2 sponge filters running on your main tank then you just set up a quarantine whenever needed. Sponge filters will hold a cycle so you don't have to cycle it every time. 20g is a good size for all small- medium size fish.

Edit: or just run an extra HOB. I run double filtration on all of my larger tanks.


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Thanks. That makes perfect sense.
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Keep 1 or 2 sponge filters running on your main tank then you just set up a quarantine whenever needed. Sponge filters will hold a cycle so you don't have to cycle it every time. 20g is a good size for all small- medium size fish.

Edit: or just run an extra HOB. I run double filtration on all of my larger tanks.


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Dangit Caleb you stole my line! I agree though, I run a sponge filter on all of my tanks so I can easily set up a quarantine any time. It's a simple cheap filter that only requires an air pump to work. You can even make them yourself.
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