03-30-2007, 10:00 PM
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Everyone should have a quarantine tank in which to put not only newly purchased fish, but also fish who have been "beaten up" and those who have developed some sort of malady (ie. fungus, anchor worms, ect.). I do not have a problem with uneaten food in the bottom of these tanks. (yes, I do have multiple quarantine/hospital tanks). I do not feed my "newbies" very much at all. Sparingly would be a good term. When I do, it is usually the medicated type so that they may rid themselves of any parasites or disease that may be in their intestinal tract.
The hospital tanks get fed in much the same dosage. Remember, you are not usually feeding a large group, just a few patients. Overfeeding is probably the biggest single thing we aquarists are guilty of doing. By overfeeding, we decrease the habitat of our tanks and increase the amount of maintainence we must do.