Hospital/Quarantine tank - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2007, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 12
Hospital/Quarantine tank

I'm curious how I can turn a 10g tank into a hospital/quarantine tank.

Should I clean out the tank after every use? Should I keep the filter (and heater) running even when it's not occupied? What should I put in the darn thing?

In other words, how do I keep the beneficial bacteria alive while preventing contamination of one batch of fish to the other?
wellbrewed is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2007, 02:55 PM
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 69
Bri is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2007, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 12
Informative site, thanks. But it suggest I put the quarantine filter in my main tank while the quarantine tank isn't in use. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
wellbrewed is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2007, 04:28 PM
Wannabe Guru
EdTheEdge's Avatar
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lomita,CA
Posts: 1,790
I keep a planted 10 gal as a quarantine. I don't buy fish all that often so it sits there for months/years without any. When I do get new fish they have instant protection/cover from the plants and puts them at ease rather quickly. I don't treat for sickness either. If they make it they make it if they don't well... I do put all my new plants in there for a couple of weeks to a month or more depending upon my source.

I haven't ever had to disinfect this tank either. But it's always up and running in case I need it.

I think you would only need to disinfect a quarantine tank if you want to use it for different batches of fish and plants over a short period of time. Then I don't think you'd want try and save anything from the quarantine tank between batches. You could just get a cheap HOB filter and charge the foam in one of your other tanks. For example: you could use the foam insert as a prefilter on your main tank for a while then insert in your quarantine HOB filter. That'd be the easiest way to keep a beneficial colony going in a quaratine tank. Foam filter blocks are easily to disinfect.

EdTheEdge is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2007, 08:40 PM
Planted Member
mrbman7's Avatar
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 284
From the Drs foster and Smith site:
"What size of quarantine tank should I use?
A 29-gallon tank makes an excellent quarantine tank and is perfect for most freshwater and saltwater applications."

Hahaha...My biggest tank is only 20 gallons! hahaha
mrbman7 is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome