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post #1 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question Method for Quarantine?

I'm about to upsize an overstocked tank for Zebra Danios, but I'm going to leave one of them in his current 5 gallon tank for quarantine. But what I hope to do is clean up the 5 gallon and remove pretty much all of the decorations. In order to do this without causing my little guy too much stress, is it acceptable for me to temporarily place him in a 1 gallon tank while I clean up his 5 gal for quarantine?

Any input on quarantine and decor for that tank are greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 05:18 PM
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Well, he would be fine for the few minutes it takes to clean... but that size tank (both the 5 and the 1) are not suitable for these fish long term. They are very active swimmers and need a longer tank to give them room to zoom around.
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 06:14 PM
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Are we talking quarantine as in sick fish needing some type of medication? Or quarantine as in isolating new fish?

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post #4 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Quarantine for a sick fish.
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post #5 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 10:00 PM
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What is wrong? Will you be medicating? Any other fish showing signs (yet)?

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post #6 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 10:01 PM
well then it depends on the size of the fish and no deco is needed in a qt.a bare tank and a single filter would suffice.

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Not yet, and I haven't noticed it in any other fish. I don't think it's even contagious. I've already discussed it with folks in the diseases forum. I just think a quarantine tank is the best option for his health.
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post #8 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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ALSO: in the kit I'm about to get, it has a Tetra Whisper filter. This filter doesn't have an adjustable output flow rate. Is that bad for Zebra danios? Can they handle a strong current?
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 11:00 PM
i a small tank a strong current will cause added stress.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-04-2012, 10:11 AM
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If it is part of a kit it is probably too small for the tank in the first place. Don't buy a kit. It is a bunch of under-sized low quality garbage that you will end up having to replace = waste of money.

Zebra danios like high flow. Even if the filter has a lot of flow that is only right in front of the filter output. At the other end of the tank it is fine.

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