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Planning a 20 gallon Quarantine

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by oheresy, May 7, 2011.

  1. oheresy

    oheresy Junior Poster

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    I'm planning on making my 20 gallon tank into a quarantine tank since it's been sitting in the garage waiting to be used for about two years now.

    I'd like to make it an el natural tank, with MTS and sand cap, with a bunch of low light plants.

    I would add some Nerite snails and a couple oto's as permanent residents for algae control. I'll probably use my extra Fluval 205 canister for it and seed it from my 205 on my 26 gallon tank.

    Eventually I plan on buying a 100 gallon tank, so would like to have a decent quarantine tank setup.

    Do you have any suggestions?


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  2. oheresy

    oheresy Junior Poster

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    For quarantine tank, It is best to use bare bottom and perhaps a seeded sponge filter from an existing tank along with sparse decor.
    Medication's that may be needed for fish in quarantine,could be harmful to plant's and biological filter.IMHO
    My 20 gal quarantine tank is as described with a sponge filter borrowed from an existing tank,Artificial floating plant or two,and a couple clay pot's for fish to retire to if so inclined.
     
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    shoggoth43 Lifetime Charter Member
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    Bare bottom and such is certainly easier. If you don't medicate and such then the more elaborate planted is certainly nicer. In my experience though, the better planted and maintained a quarantine tank is, the more likely you'll be to have it end up as another tank. Then you'll need to set up another quarantine tank. Just be careful or you'll find yourself needing another small tank. :) - S
     
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    oheresy Junior Poster

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll just make my 20 gallon into a planted tank and just buy a 10 gallon tank for quarantine. Should the quarantine tank also have an air stone? Or would a HOB aerate enough?


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    I try to keep a sponge filter going in an established tank and when I need to quarantine new fishes,,I borrow the seeded sponge filter and plop it in the quarantine tank.
    I personally like the Hydro series sponge filter's but any should work.
    HOB would also suffice if you have one on another tank that you can borrow(already seeded). Other wise,daily water changes .
     
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