Originally Posted by diverdown69
I have an unlimited supply of sand (I won't say where I am getting it... 8O )
It's not the cost of the sand that's the concern. Depending on the type of malady being treated, the sand may absorb the med making treatment much more difficult to maintain a treatment level needed. It is also much easier to keep a QT
clean without the substrate as you can easily syphon out uneaten foods and detritus after feeding to keep water quality optimum. Many types of meds will also destroy the biofilter so setting up an elaborate filtration system is usually futile.
A bare bottom tank (outside bottom painted), HOB
or corner sponge filter, heater and short PVC
pieces for hiding is about all you will really need. Possibley a powerhead for water movement depending on the filter you use.
I do however suggest you do not
introduce any kind of med/treatment prophylactically. There are many types of problems you may encounter and most will require different treatments. If a treatment is started and then it's discovered the problem must be treated alternately, the existing med must be removed prior to beginning the proper treatment. This causes valuable lost time and additional stress on the animal and should be avoided.