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Old 09-17-2008, 07:02 AM   #81
 
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Quarantine Tank

Given the unexplained deaths of several of my fish I've started to take the idea of a quarantine tank much more seriously. With the extra though I've given it I've realized I can set one up for far cheaper than I thought I could. I wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on my potential set up.

Tank: 60 qt clear rubbermaid container with snap on lid. I'm going to drill some holes in it to allow for airflow and some airline tubing. I'll probably cut a hole in it for feeding through. I won't fill the tub completely, probably only 10 to 12 gallons. It's not a huge quantity of water but the largest number of residents it'll likely ever have is the school of 8 serpae tetras I'll be buying in two months. I'm going to spray paint the outside back, bottom, and part of the sides black.

Filter: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...40&pcatid=3940 I've looked into making my own sponge filter but none of my LFS or big pet chains has the materials I need. Spare lift tubes, sponges, etc. I'm going to keep looking but this basic sponge filter is available at my LFS and I'm probably gonna buy it.

Heater: The extra 50W Visitherm Deluxe (old style) I have in my main tank without it the main tank drops from 79 to 77-78 degrees. That temp is fine for my residents and better for my corys than the slightly higher temp I have with it in. I knew I was going to have to replace this heater during the winter with something larger anyways to make sure my tank stayed warm. I'll buy a thermometer.

Light: Spare 24" light that came with my tank. The bulb is old and so is the fixture but all I'm doing with this thing is keeping the tank from being dark, not trying to grow anything.

Substrate: Quartz gravel that came with my tank that I didn't use. The edges are sharper than I'd like but I'm going to try and tumble it some to remove the worst offenders. The only thing this worries me about is using this tank for corys at some point. Since more corys are way down the road I'll probably just replace this gravel with some conventional, and darker, pea gravel later.

Decorations: Cheap clay pots from the hardware store, plastic and silk plants I got in bulk from someone but don't like enough to go in the main tank.

As of right now the only thing I'll have to buy is the sponge filter, some airline tubing, a check valve, and a thermometer. Total cost of my QT/hospital tank is going to be less than $20.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:15 AM   #82
 
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wouldn't think a lid would be needed unless pets or children are a consideration. Fish are often more comfortable with dim lighting and if the lid is on for most of the time then the sudden illumination of the tank could cause some stress possibly to the point that they injure themselves. If you were to purchase a dark colored tub then maybe you would not need to paint it. Be careful that light is not melting the lip of the tub or that it can inadvertantly be knocked into the tub. Otherwise, sounds like a plan. :)
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:24 AM   #83
 
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Pets and children are both considerations, as are possibly jumping fish. This will be put on the shelf below my tank and will be the perfect height for hungry cats and curious little boys to get too. The lid is as clear as the rest of the tub. I don't want a dark colored tub to begin with because I want to be able to see the fish so I can evaluate their health without having to disturb them. It's also the tub I have and can use right now without having to spend any money on a new one. I'm planning on using some scrap wood to elevate the light off the top of the tub by about 4".
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:34 AM   #84
 
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Sounds like you have your bases covered. I have always found a water gun to be a decent detriment with cats . Not sure if there is one for curious boys.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:59 PM   #85
 
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A couple of thoughts:

Since you're using this as a QT/hospital tank, you're probably going to be using some meds in it at some point. Some medications (i.e. methylene blue) can discolor the sealant on a regular glass tank, and I've heard of them discoloring acrylic tanks. So, you might eventually end up with a blue QT tank.

If possible, you should keep the sponge filter in your display tank. This way it's always seeded with bacteria, so you can move it to the QT tank at any time and have a pre-cycled tank ready to go. Otherwise, you'll either have to keep some permanent residents on the QT tank (snails and shrimp maybe?) to keep it cycled or deal with climbing ammonia and nitrite levels in the tank whenever you've got fish in there.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:10 PM   #86
 
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I'm not overly concerned about it turning blue, if it happens it happens. This isn't going to be a tank I show off. Nice to know it might happen ahead of time though.

I was planning on keeping the filter in my main tank so I wouldn't have to cycle over again. Maybe an odd question but what if I just tossed the sponge into the main tank, keep it hidden behind some decorations or something. When it's needed pull it out, hook up the total filter and drop it in the tank. It wouldn't be as fully... well charged, with bacteria as if I'd kept it running but I'm not fully convinced I'll be in love with this thing in my display tank.

On the other hand my guppies are doing what they do best, making more guppies. It wouldn't be too hard to just leave the QT/Hospital tank set up and keep a few guppies in it when it's not doing its job just to keep things established.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:28 PM   #87
 
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Well if you've got extra guppies just laying around not doing much, they could certainly keep the QT tank cycled.
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