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Old 03-25-2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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Should I have a Quarantine Tank?

So, I do understand the benefits of a QT, but I really didn't want to spend so much more money to set up another tank. Would a QT tank require just as much equipment as my regular tank?

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A QT tank can be a 10 or 15 gallon tank with just a small HOB filter and a decoration (something fish can swim around and hide in to reduce stress). Lighting is minimal to even optional. Not really much of an investment at all.
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You should always at least have the set up available if not running. They do not cost much other than a tank or equivalent, PH, HOB filter or corner intank filter and a heater. All inclusive, it should run you about $50.00

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To go along with what everyone else said, it also doesn't need to be set up 24/7. Before getting new fish, I would set mine up a week or so in advance. As soon as I QT'd the fish for a long enough period and put him in the display, I break down the QT.
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YES YES YES, run a Q tank . I didn't think it was necessary at first and learned the hard way on more than one ocassion. For some reason it seems %50 of the fish I buy come down with something that would infect all the other in my display if I didn't treat them first. If I could go back in time I would have set up a Q tank right away.
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Thanks for all your replies. It doesn't seem like that much more work/ money after seeing your responses. I guess that extra amount of money would be worth it in the end if it meant keeping my fish from spreading disease throughout my tank.

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On topic, I live in a pretty small apartment and don't have room for a QT. What precautions should I take instead?
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On topic, I live in a pretty small apartment and don't have room for a QT. What precautions should I take instead?
This is not meant to be a smart alec remark but.... make more room. There is no substitute for a proper QT nor any precautions you can take that will prevent problems.

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I am going out to buy my QT today!!!! After reading posts and an article from the aquarium articles advice - I am more than convinced that I need a QT!

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This is not meant to be a smart alec remark but.... make more room. There is no substitute for a proper QT nor any precautions you can take that will prevent problems.

OK, I am convinced. Better safe than sorry, etc. But a few more questions:

Since my space is limited, could I use a tank even smaller than 10gal? Like a 5gal? I have 29gal display tank and would never be adding more than one small fish at a time.
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