08-30-2012, 09:39 AM
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Although I have used tubs to quarantine live rock, observation will be difficult. You can lift the fish into a specimen container and check on its progress, though. In my mind, quarantine is essential. Having the ideal quarantine tank is secondary.
The irony of quarantine and hospital tanks occurred to me when I first got into marine tanks. In a way, QTs have the least efficient filtration and the worst water your fish will ever encounter in your care. Over there sits your main system with all its bells and whistles, while your ailing fish is in a small tank with a weak filter, no biological, dangerous chemicals, and HOPE!
Quarantine tanks require a lot of regular maintenance to keep the water quality as high as possible in light of all you have working against you. Siphoning several times a day, water changes as needed, which can be daily or more often, copious testing for parameters and level of copper (if applicable) and careful redosing of meds everytime you refill.
I agree 1000% with Abbysdad that a 10 gallon QT will hardly be sufficient for all cases. Big fish require big tanks, even if the tank in question is a temporary quarantine tank. I don't think you will ever cure a 10 inch oscar in a 10 gallon quarantine tank. . .
Interesting topic, everyone, I enjoyed reading all the perspectives.
Good luck with the Pleco!
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