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post #1 of 13 Old 01-30-2010, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Do you quarantine your new fish

I am going to set up a hospital/QT tank for future needs, if any. I was wondering how many of you quarantine your new fish before you introduce them into your main tank. I have used a hospital tank in the past to medicate but never used a quarantine tank to quarantine new fish. Even though I do not like any fish to catch a sickness brought in by a new fish, since I have Angel fish, I even get more paranoid of a disease attacking them that was brought in by a new fish.

If you do use a quarantine tank what size do you use? I have a 10 gallon that I got on sale that I am going to set up.

Thanks for any advise on this.
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I am going to set up a hospital/QT tank for future needs, if any. I was wondering how many of you quarantine your new fish before you introduce them into your main tank. I have used a hospital tank in the past to medicate but never used a quarantine tank to quarantine new fish. Even though I do not like any fish to catch a sickness brought in by a new fish, since I have Angel fish, I even get more paranoid of a disease attacking them that was brought in by a new fish.

If you do use a quarantine tank what size do you use? I have a 10 gallon that I got on sale that I am going to set up.

Thanks for any advise on this.
I use a 10 gallon for most freshwater fish QT though I have been guilty of not QT'n the way I should since I trusted my LFS. No more shortcuts though. ;)
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I use a 10 gallon for most freshwater fish QT though I have been guilty of not QT'n the way I should since I trusted my LFS. No more shortcuts though. ;)

Thanks for your response. How long do you quarantine them for?

You are the one with the beautiful Discus! They would be like Angels to me....would panic if they got sick. I don't like any fish getting sick but when you have a fish that is so beautiful and interactive it is even harder for me to deal with. I think the older I get the more I worry about these things.
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I have QT, all of my fish. I leave them in there for 3 to 4 weeks. I use a 30 gallon.
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-30-2010, 11:52 PM
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I have a 10 gallon for QT. I QT for at least 3 weeks. If after 3 weeks all is fine the fish get transferred to the main tank. If they need treatment the 3 week period starts all over again after treatment.

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-31-2010, 02:22 AM
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I quarantine all new fish for a minimum of 3 weeks. I have two 10's and a 29.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-31-2010, 04:06 AM
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I have a 10g I use. It's not permanently up, so I just fill it and move an HOB to it for new fish.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-31-2010, 08:12 AM
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10g simple low tech no nothing in it set up to QT fish. No fancy set up makes for easy medication if need be and easy clean up (not to mention easy catching once they can move to the big home).

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-31-2010, 12:03 PM
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I like to put decor in my QTs - I think it helps the fish be at ease. I also have gravel in one of my 10s. Some fish don't do well in bare bottom tanks. I also put mts in my QTs, to make sure there is no leftover food.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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I have a 2.5 gal, 5 gal QT tank. When not in use I put 1 or 2 small fish in it to keep it cycled. I have angelfish also and the 2.5 gal was to small. I put new fish in for 2 weeks before adding to the main 55 gal tank.
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