quarantine tank question
How often do you guys change the water in a quarantine tank when you buy a new fish?
I got my 10 Gallon set up with a sponge filter and a heater. I keep it bare bottom with 3 baby terracotta pots for a couple of little caves and hiding spots. Problem is all the icky leftover food and waste looks kind of nasty and the sponge filter is no way comparable to an HOB filter.
I plan on leaving my fish in there for 3 weeks so is once a week 25% good enough or do I make it twice a week?
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.
what you say is true however when I put a new fish in there he doesn't always eat right away. It takes him a bit of time to realize that I am feeding him from the top of the tank and there are always bits of food that don't get eaten until he realizes it.
I put in barely 2 medium sized flakes. not even half a pinch.
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