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etanico 07-03-2012 04:57 PM

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.

Geomancer 07-03-2012 05:18 PM

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.

Byron 07-03-2012 06:14 PM

Are we talking quarantine as in sick fish needing some type of medication? Or quarantine as in isolating new fish?

etanico 07-03-2012 09:56 PM

Quarantine for a sick fish.

Fishguy2727 07-03-2012 10:00 PM

What is wrong? Will you be medicating? Any other fish showing signs (yet)?

kitten_penang 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.

etanico 07-03-2012 10:04 PM

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.

etanico 07-03-2012 10:37 PM

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?

kitten_penang 07-03-2012 11:00 PM

i a small tank a strong current will cause added stress.

Fishguy2727 07-04-2012 10:11 AM

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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