06-27-2013, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Steph211
I completely get the benefits of using a quarantine tank before adding new fish to an established tank. I've made the mistake in the past of skipping this step, and I don't want to do it again. However, I'm not in the habit of adding new fish frequently, so I'm wondering...
a) Is a quarantine tank just an empty tank that you keep running (filter, etc.) in case you need it at some point?
b) If the above answer is "yes" then how do you keep the tank healthy and cycled with no fish in it? If the above answer is "no" then how do you quickly set up a quarantine tank when you need it without going through the whole cycling process?
I'd rather not have to buy a whole small tank set up just to have on hand and ready for the infrequent times I might introduce new fish to my tank.
A. I keep my quarantine tanks running 24/7. They are more than empty tanks though - they have substrate and decor and everything. It's important for fish to feel comfortable, and that means providing that stuff for them. A fish in an empty tank is not a happy fish, though of course there are some species that don't care.
B. I really don't do anything. I leave the tanks empty (no fish) for several weeks at a time.
People who do not leave them up and running either run their quarantine tanks filter on the main tank or they move the quarantine filter media to the main tanks filter. When they need the tank, they either move the filter or just move the media over to the quarantine tank.