Thought, yes. Practically speaking, no. I know I need to figure it out. I bought these fish all from the same place and they are inexpensive; however, I am playing with fire.
Will mull it over, research, and come up with something before I introduce new stock to this crew.
Probably need a quarantine tank. Most of my effort and time is sunk in the main tank. Is there a cost effective complete setup out there somewhere? Maybe a 10 gallon tank? I am open to suggestions.
Well, there are a few options you have. You can set up something reasonable like a 10 or 20 gallon, cycle it, keep it cycled, and use it for a hospital tank or quarantine tank. I prefer doing this method, and it’s easy to keep cycled by simply adding a small group of cheap fish, like guppies, to keep things going. I also like having snails in there so I can overfeed and not worry about it crashing the cycle. Simple bare bottom would suffice with an oversized sponge filter or two, no light necessary (but I like having one to make viewing easier). I like to be able to observe fish from the side to get a good idea of condition.
Another option is to get a sponge filter and run it in your main tank, seeding it with bacteria, then removing it for use in a quarantine tank or even plastic tote/tub. Anything that will hold water and is inert would work, really. But with that you’d have to sanitize the sponge filter every time before putting it back in your display to avoid cross contamination.
There are many methods you could employ. I’d also strongly suggest getting a bottle of New Life Spectrum Hex Shield. It works very well and I’ve incorporated it into my routine.
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