Originally Posted by pixelfinger
Was thinking of setting up a small quarintine tank at the same time as setting up a 75 gallon cichlid tank. Was wondering how many of you use a quarantine tank, and if so was it worth the investment?
OK this is close to home for me. I had my 72 bowfront fully stocked less one fish I was about to buy when I began to loose fish rapidly over 3 days. Marine ich was the culprit. I lost 7 fish.
My 72 is setting fallow now for at least 45 days to complete the life cycle of the parasite for it to die out. I have a bristletooth tang in my new QT tank. I will never place stock in my DT that has not been in QT again. The cost of the loss not considering the mental stress was about 300.00. All corals will be dipped before placing in the DT.
I spent 50.00 on a new 20 gal
long. I had a HOB
filter and nano stream pump and 24 inch T5 light twin bulb. I also had a spare heater. It was a minimum investment compared to the loss and frustration. You can approach it as insurance. It will not guarantee nothing will happen but will minimize the chance of introducing bad stuff to other stock. It also will allow you to treat rapidly without more stress from removing stock from your DT and placing in QT. 6 weeks is what I QT fish for. I keep a full compliment of meds on hand, a copper product, another parasite and worm product, coral dip, and prime to stabilize the QT in case of rapid amonia and nitrite build up. I keep a biological filter running and that way it is always ready. It is bare bottom with a ceramic coffee mug and a piece of PVC
pipe for fish hiding.