12-20-2012, 11:00 AM
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Good to know the fish is back in the shop, finish the treatment as it can't harm anything.
Make sure you do a half water change after the treatment.
Having 2 spare tanks is advised, they do not have to be big for your setup, you can get small plastic Betta tanks very cheaply, these should do as you do not have anything too big.
Choose something that the fish will be comfortable in.
Tank 1 would be a quarantine tank, when you buy anything new it has to be quarantined for at least 7 days,
this means plants as well, use water from your main tank to fill this (if your tank is healthy)
Tank 2 is a hospital tank this tank must be kept separate to any other tank in the house, all implements (nets, pumps, airstones etc) must also be kept separate, and only used for this tank.
This tank is only used for the treatment of fish\anything living,
again use tank water mixed with fresh,,like a water change, don't worry about transferring diseases to this tank, you will be treating the sickness anyway.
When fish get better/or worse in this tank it must be disinfected along with tools used.
You don't need much in decoration for these tanks, just somewhere the fish can hide and be calm, an airstone and heater.
With all of these you are ready for any emergency that crops up.
When not in use these tanks can be placed in a corner of the garage till needed, but at least you will know you are ready.
Hope this helps.