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A 10 Gallon aquarium will suffice as a quarantine/hospital aquarium in most cases, although if you house numerous "large" fish then I would recommend something a little bigger such as a 29G.

It's next to impossible to tell you what medications to keep stocked on your shelf, I personally have a little bit of everything so that I know it's there when I need it.

In regards to how the aquarium should be setup, I would recommend leaving the tank somewhat "bare". I'd go with a glass bottom and very few decorations for "comfort". The reason I say go with a glass bottom is so that you can observe what comes out the other end in order to determine if it looks healthy. A small sponge filter would suffice in a 10 gallon hospital tank and will create less water movement on the already stressed fish. The last addition would be the heater, adjusting as necessary. I would for a general rule of thumb keep it at around 75-78 depending on the species of fish you house, you can adjust as necessary depending on the species you are treating.

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OK so I'm thinking, because i will have bottom feeders, a 10 gallon tank with a heater and sand, a filter (sponge) and some plants in the middle they can use to feel safe :-D plus miscellaneous equipment (thermometer etc...)

Thanks Everyone for your feedback!
If you go with a sand substrate then I would recommend Quickrete Play Sand. You can get 50 pounds for about $4.00 at Lowes. The reason I recommend the sand (not only due to the fact it is in all of my aquariums) but also because it is white and would make it easier to view the fish waste when treating sick fish. For "safety" in hiding, I would also look in to some small length PVC pipe which can obtained at almost any Hardware store relatively cheap, although not necessary but it's one of those "preference" things I mentioned earlier.

Best of luck.
 
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