Originally Posted by fishyperson3010
Who here has a quarantine tank?
I know I'm going to go against a lot of "expert advice" with this statement, but here goes. You can save the money to keep and maintain a quarantine tank by doing two things: Know the source of your fish and plants. Rinse the plants well in tap water and then keep them in a bucket of your water change water for 24 hours. As for the fish, examine them carefully. If they have good color and shape and in general appear healthy, they don't have to be quarantined.
I have a "Plan B" just in case a fish or plant may have a parasite that survives my rinsing or inspection. I add a little more than a teaspoon of standard aquarium salt to every 5 gallons of my water change water. The majority of fish pathogens can't tolerate even a trace of dissolved salt in the tank water and I've read it helps maintain the fishes' immune system.
Weekly, large water changes of at least 50 percent of the tank volume will keep the enviornment stable for the fish and plants. Healthy fish in a stable environment aren't very likely to be infected by parasites.
Just a couple of thoughts to consider or not.