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I setup some utility tanks tonight. They will be for quarantine, grow-out, hospital, whatever. I have been using the back two to vacuum up duckweed from plants and moss from my other tanks. I put organic soil, sand, and gravel in the center chamber of the front tank so the conditions will be very similar to my other aquariums.
 

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I would love to hear how people use their own utility tanks.

I just wanted a way to setup these tanks without really stocking them, for the sake of my wallet. I had spare foam, filters, plants, substrate, etc. They have already been useful for my duckweed culling.

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Having a small tank setup like you've got is ideal. Multiple small containers that allow you to group things together or separate critters out as individuals for better observation.

I keep a double sponge filter "alive" in my plant extras tub by feeding it ammonium chloride (1lb is less than $10 - will last so many years it's scary) every day or so. If/when I need to set up quarantine, I can use one of the sponges in other containers - leaving one in my tub to keep things going. Having several spare sponges (they're cheap) makes it an easy thing to do. Can soak them in a bleach solution when quarantine is no longer needed and put them back into rotation.

Have always had an extra filter here or there for quarantine use. But your idea is better. Could even use them to grow plants out when not being used as QT.
 
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