11-06-2009, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 1077
Never could understand why quarantine tanks are not used by more people. Something as simple as a rubbermaid tub, with a small sponge filter and a heater could prevent so much unneccessary sickness and fish loss. I run an extra sponge filter always in one or two of my tanks. In this way when I bring home a new fish, or two or three,, I simply fill up a spare tub or ten gal tank, slap a heater and sponge filter in it, and place the fish in the quarantine tank for a week to ten days. If all seems ok ,then I place the new fish in my aquarium. If the fish exhibits signs of illness ,then it is much easier and cheaper to treat a small tank or tub if one is so inclined and I don't run the risk of infecting a whole tank.
LOL thats how I usually do it. Rubbermaid tubs. They make nice 8-10gal transparent blue ones. Most of the time I come home with the fish before I bother with setting the tank up.
As far as ick goes I wouldn't be too worried. Parasites are usually easy to get rid of IMO. Make sure that you treat for at least a week after symptoms have disappeared. Ick loves to pop back up if you don't.