I was curious about quarantine tanks used before introducing a new fish to an established tank. What exactly do you do in a quarantine tank? Do you just observe the fish for a few weeks to see if it has any illnesses, or do you feed it medicated food, or what?
Should there be gravel, decorations, and heater in the quarantine tank? How long should a fish stay in the tank?
Also, is a quarantine tank necessary for the first fish you are going to add to a new, cycled tank that doesn't have any fish yet? Thanks!
A quarantine tank is a place you can put sick or injured fish to treat them with medications instead of the entire tank, you can use them for adding new fish to an established tank with fish in it, not a need for one with the first fish though. You will probably need a heater. The fish should stay in the tank until well again(If they are sick, otherwise don't put them in as it may stress them). Hope this helps!
I have quite a few quarantine/hospital tanks. They vary in size from a mere 5g to a 75g tank. Very seldom do I quarantine store bought fish. The "new" fish that I quarantine are usually those that I get from "wild" stock. These fish come directly from collectors and importers and are used for breeding purposes.
Normally, I will medicate the tanks to rid the fish of unwanted parasites and disease by treating them for anywhere from 14-21 days. The tanks are spartan, no gravel or plants, sponge filters which can be driven by air or powerheads. Glass canopies cover the tanks. I will sometimes provide clay pots for the fish to hide and give them a little cover. There are occasions, when I will add floating plants to the tanks to help calm the fish. Lighting is kept rather low. I use StressCoat liberally to help maintain and promote the slime coat. Power filters are also used to provide additional filtration. No carbon is used in the filtering as it removes many of the meds I may use.
Thank yall very much for the information! Now I have a good idea about these tanks. I was wondering if I needed to set one up before I added new fish to a new tank, but if they are store bought fish I suppose they will be alright without it.
When you buy fish at your lfs, just pay attention to the fish before you buy yhem. Do not buy any fish that exhibits any odd behavior or seems out of sorts.
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