I have a question, though I suspect I'll probably get the same answer I used to give others. Mainly, about setting up quarantine tanks.
When I kept bettas (used to breed/keep them for competition), apart from the 50+ betta containers, I had several tanks, ranging from 2g to 55g. Specifically, a total of..well, a lot of tanks. Now, I didn't keep the bettas in those, but several groups of other tropicals for fun. Basically, I had a lot of gallons floating around, so making one of those a quarantine tank, really wasn't a whole lot of a stress to me. Having moved and married, I now only keep 1x55g tank. Recently had a massive tank crash, and basically I'm working on getting rid of the pathogens (hardy har) that caused the problem to begin with. This is a fully planted tank, clay sub, gravel layer, freshwater, big old whisper 500, all parameters within safe range although a weird very hard/but very acidic reading (if we need levels I can provide). Wasn't a big deal when I first stocked it, since all the fish came from the same place and I figured if they're ill, they'll all get it. Well, they didn't ALL get it. Now I'm finding myself unsure of how to restock my losses. Most of my fish survived the nasty case of ick and whatever the heck else was going on, but I do have room for at least a pleco which I'd like (yes, a dwarf please). I'm sporting 3 cories, 1 angel, 8 tetra (neon), 3 black tetra. I know sometimes Angels like to supplement their diet with neon fins. Not happened here. This angel mostly likes to nibble on me at feeding time. Realistically speaking, setting up a QT is a flippin' nightmare I can't possibly justify to a husband unfamiliar with this sort of thing. I'm a casual fishtank keeper now that just happens to know more than I should about fishkeeping. Here's a stab then. Shoiuld I Just "take a chance" on another possible crash because I want to add one fish? (pleco)
Any suggestions are appreciated (apart from setting up a QT for just adding one fish). *sigh*