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How To Set Up A Quarantine Tank For Tropical Fish


Do I Need A Quarantine Tank?

Ah, yes, the often dismissed but very necessary part of the tropical fish hobby, the infamous quarantine tank. Do you really need one to be successful in this hobby?

For freshwater fish you may be able to get by without having one. Freshwater fish are generally more suited to captivity because they are usually tank raised and don't seem to break out in disease as readily as their saltwater counterparts. However, if newly acquired fish do come down with something, you will surely wish that you had one ready to go. One newly bought fish that is introduced to your main tank can easily wipe out the entire tank population. Better safe than sorry, right?

For saltwater aquarium keepers, I would say that you definitely need a quarantine tank. Marine specimens are mostly wild caught and not used to being kept in captivity. Their journey to a dealers tank is usually much longer and much more stressful for them. Stressed out fish will usually come down with some kind of disease if they don't simply die from the whole ordeal. Saltwater fish keepers will usually have other things in the main display tank such as invertebrates and live rock, that they don't want to expose to the harsh medicines necessary to treat one or two fish. Some medicines can wipe out all of the invertebrates in a tank, so be sure to research any medicine before using it in your tank.

Quarantine Tank Setup
You don't need to go all out here. A simple 10 - 20 gallon aquarium will suffice for most people. If you have larger fish then obviously you want to get a bigger quarantine tank. All you really need is a bare bones setup with the following equipment:

Fill the quarantine tank with water from the main tank and then turn everything on in the quarantine tank.

Freshwater & Saltwater Fish Quarantine
For newly acquired fish you will want to acclimate them to the water in the quarantine tank and monitor them very closely for a period of two to three weeks. Monitor the water parameters with your test kits and check for signs of parasites or bacterial infections.

If the newly acquired fish does come down with something you will need to use the appropriate medication and you will need to keep them in quarantine for a further two weeks to make sure that you have indeed treated them effectively. If after a few weeks no problems develop, you can then acclimate them to the main tank water and then introduce them.

If a fish comes down with something while in your main tank, just net them and plop them into the quarantine tank. There should be no need to acclimate them because you used water from your main tank. If you didn't use water from the main tank you will need to acclimate them to the quarantine tank water. Diagnose the problem/disease and treat appropriately. After the disease clears up you will still want to keep the fish in quarantine for a week or so monitoring the water parameters with your test kits the whole time.

More On Saltwater Quarantine
Always have some extra saltwater ready in case you need to perform an emergency water change. Remember, you want to monitor those water parameters frequently (daily or at least once every two days). Many saltwater hobbyists always have saltwater ready just in case. You never want to mix up saltwater and add it right away. Freshly mixed saltwater can be fairly toxic to fish, in turn causing you more problems.

Conclusion
Freshwater hobbyists may get away with not using a quarantine tank, but saltwater hobbyists would be crazy not using one. Save yourself some money, headaches and especially the fish by having a quarantine tank. The fish in your main tank will thank you for it.

For more tropical fish and aquarium information, please visit FishLore.com - Freshwater & Saltwater Tropical Fish & Aquarium Information.

Mike is an editor at FishLore.com. Designed for beginners, FishLore.com provides tropical fish information, how-to guides, articles, fish profiles, FAQs, forums and more!


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Life-like robotic pets help Alabama seniors during coronavirus pandemic - AL.com
Life-like robotic pets help Alabama seniors during coronavirus pandemic  AL.com

PET TALK: Have a paw-sitive transition after quarantine - Chron.com
PET TALK: Have a paw-sitive transition after quarantine  Chron.com

Pets of the week - The Bethel Citizen
Pets of the week  The Bethel Citizen

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A Paws for Pets: Who saved who?  York News-Times

Pets of the Week: Melvin, Titus, Lillian and April are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the Week: Melvin, Titus, Lillian and April are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Invasive cane toads poisonous to pets - Caloosa Belle - Caloosa Belle
Invasive cane toads poisonous to pets - Caloosa Belle  Caloosa Belle

Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com - Antelope Valley Press
Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

Tempe-based animal shelter prepares for influx of pets due to pandemic - KTAR.com
Tempe-based animal shelter prepares for influx of pets due to pandemic  KTAR.com

Tips to help you find your lost pet - Examiner Enterprise
Tips to help you find your lost pet  Examiner Enterprise

Hurricane Planning and Pets - NBC 6 South Florida
Hurricane Planning and Pets  NBC 6 South Florida

Sonoma pets at low risk for coronavirus - Sonoma Index-Tribune
Sonoma pets at low risk for coronavirus  Sonoma Index-Tribune

With 60 pets adopted, more than 140 pets remain at Heritage Humane Society during Clear the Shelters campaign - Daily Press
With 60 pets adopted, more than 140 pets remain at Heritage Humane Society during Clear the Shelters campaign  Daily Press

Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness - CNN
Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness  CNN

Writer upset about neighbor's roaming pets | Eufaula Tribune - Dothan Eagle
Writer upset about neighbor's roaming pets | Eufaula Tribune  Dothan Eagle

Pets of the Week: Mikey, Champ, Emery and Cowboy are ready for adoption - The Daily Breeze
Pets of the Week: Mikey, Champ, Emery and Cowboy are ready for adoption  The Daily Breeze

We need your pets for Pet Pride! - WBOY.com
We need your pets for Pet Pride!  WBOY.com

Former record-breaking coach now winning the hearts of shelter pets - WVVA TV
Former record-breaking coach now winning the hearts of shelter pets  WVVA TV

Wait until you see these 15 adoptable pets: August 15-16 - SILive.com
Wait until you see these 15 adoptable pets: August 15-16  SILive.com

Cars for Canines event to provide vaccinations for pets - WVLT
Cars for Canines event to provide vaccinations for pets  WVLT

Pets for adoption | Entertainment | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption | Entertainment | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

Getting our pets into the comfort zone | Off The Leash | timesargus.com - Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Getting our pets into the comfort zone | Off The Leash | timesargus.com  Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Progressive partners with Pets Best to help employers offer pet insurance coverage - WKYC.com
Progressive partners with Pets Best to help employers offer pet insurance coverage  WKYC.com

How Centre County animal shelters have handled abandoned pets during the coronavirus pandemic - The Daily Collegian Online
How Centre County animal shelters have handled abandoned pets during the coronavirus pandemic  The Daily Collegian Online

Pets are a doggone good distraction from coronavirus stress - San Luis Obispo Tribune
Pets are a doggone good distraction from coronavirus stress  San Luis Obispo Tribune

Absorbine Pet Care launches new SaniPet sanitizing spray for pets, eliminating 99.9% of germs on contact to help manage healthier households - PRNewswire
Absorbine Pet Care launches new SaniPet sanitizing spray for pets, eliminating 99.9% of germs on contact to help manage healthier households  PRNewswire

Pet Project 2020: Animals available for adoption on Aug. 14 in Massachusetts - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Animals available for adoption on Aug. 14 in Massachusetts  masslive.com

Progressive teams with PetsBest for new pet insurance benefit - Employee Benefit News
Progressive teams with PetsBest for new pet insurance benefit  Employee Benefit News

Pets visit caregivers at UT Health - KLTV
Pets visit caregivers at UT Health  KLTV

Readers relate to our dog's blindness - Bucks County Courier Times
Readers relate to our dog's blindness  Bucks County Courier Times

Good Day Pets – Meet Callie! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Callie!  KCAU 9

Pets of the week: Spend those summer nights with Calista and Jeff - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Spend those summer nights with Calista and Jeff  Bucks County Courier Times

(SPONSORED) Promote your Pet to Teacher's Assistant - Decaturish.com
(SPONSORED) Promote your Pet to Teacher's Assistant  Decaturish.com

Pet owners beware, skunk tests positive for rabies in Pueblo - KKTV
Pet owners beware, skunk tests positive for rabies in Pueblo  KKTV

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FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com  The Courier-Express

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Selma home burns to ground with several pets inside  WRAL.com

Don’t abandon your pet, let the Humane Society can help you keep it - WLOX
Don’t abandon your pet, let the Humane Society can help you keep it  WLOX

Can Pets Get The Coronavirus? 1st Dog In US To Test Positive Has Died : Short Wave - NPR
Can Pets Get The Coronavirus? 1st Dog In US To Test Positive Has Died : Short Wave  NPR

Meet the H & S Feed & Country Store Pets of the Week: Sandy & Archie - KBOE 104.9 FM
Meet the H & S Feed & Country Store Pets of the Week: Sandy & Archie  KBOE 104.9 FM

Robotic pets help reduce loneliness | Local News - Moulton Advertiser
Robotic pets help reduce loneliness | Local News  Moulton Advertiser

60 percent of pet owners have planned their summer holiday around their dogs - Travel Daily News International
60 percent of pet owners have planned their summer holiday around their dogs  Travel Daily News International

Here are some of the pets up for adoption in Collin County for ‘Clear the Shelters’ - The Dallas Morning News
Here are some of the pets up for adoption in Collin County for ‘Clear the Shelters’  The Dallas Morning News

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Study Makes Link Between People And Pets Who Test Positive For COVID-19  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

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How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety  The New York Times

Hurricane Awareness: Keeping Your Pets Safe - KHON2
Hurricane Awareness: Keeping Your Pets Safe  KHON2

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DC Introduces A World Of Evil Super-Pets For Death Metal in November  Bleeding Cool News

Pet owners call for oversight on pet grooming & boarding facilities - ABC NEWS 4
Pet owners call for oversight on pet grooming & boarding facilities  ABC NEWS 4

Employer offers 'pawternity' leave, $300 toward pet-adoption fees to its workers - FOX 5 DC
Employer offers 'pawternity' leave, $300 toward pet-adoption fees to its workers  FOX 5 DC

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Meet our pets of the week: Cats, a horse and a cur mix  STLtoday.com

Letter: Why chickens make good pets - Concord Monitor
Letter: Why chickens make good pets  Concord Monitor

Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for August 14, 2020 - Reading Eagle
Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for August 14, 2020  Reading Eagle

The Humane Society of Greater Savannah seeks ‘forever homes’ for pets - WSAV-TV
The Humane Society of Greater Savannah seeks ‘forever homes’ for pets  WSAV-TV

Unity family appeals backyard chicken violation, want birds classified as pets - TribLIVE
Unity family appeals backyard chicken violation, want birds classified as pets  TribLIVE

Alachua County Pets: Nina, Nolan and Calypso - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Nina, Nolan and Calypso  WCJB

25 Adoptable Pets from the Overcrowded Cincinnati Animal CARE Shelter Looking for Forever Homes - Cincinnati CityBeat
25 Adoptable Pets from the Overcrowded Cincinnati Animal CARE Shelter Looking for Forever Homes  Cincinnati CityBeat

From Birthday Parties to 'Pawdicures,' House-Bound Americans Can't Stop Spending on Their Pets - Money
From Birthday Parties to 'Pawdicures,' House-Bound Americans Can't Stop Spending on Their Pets  Money

How to protect your pets from COVID-19 - WWLTV.com
How to protect your pets from COVID-19  WWLTV.com

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Martin - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Martin  KCBD

Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets - BBC News
Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets  BBC News

COVID got you stressed? Pets can be a great stress reliever - KRCRTV.COM
COVID got you stressed? Pets can be a great stress reliever  KRCRTV.COM

MAS provides assistance to pet owners impacted by COVID-19 - WMC
MAS provides assistance to pet owners impacted by COVID-19  WMC

Pet owners asked to take precautions during hot weather - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Pet owners asked to take precautions during hot weather  FOX 11 Los Angeles

Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs - CNBC
Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs  CNBC

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Therapy Pet? - South Florida Reporter
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Therapy Pet?  South Florida Reporter

Franklin County Dog shelter uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with owners - NBC4 WCMH-TV
Franklin County Dog shelter uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with owners  NBC4 WCMH-TV

Maleah Stringer column: Golf event honors friend, helps pets - The Herald Bulletin
Maleah Stringer column: Golf event honors friend, helps pets  The Herald Bulletin

Suffrage train rides, pet food drive, live music and more highlight weekend events around Carson City area - Carson Now
Suffrage train rides, pet food drive, live music and more highlight weekend events around Carson City area  Carson Now

Pets of the week: Oreo is an older pet who wants to complete your family - mlive.com
Pets of the week: Oreo is an older pet who wants to complete your family  mlive.com

Perry County Humane Society wins senior pet adoption grant - KFVS
Perry County Humane Society wins senior pet adoption grant  KFVS

Scientists reveal pheromones are key to harmonious pet relationships - Jill Lopez
Scientists reveal pheromones are key to harmonious pet relationships  Jill Lopez

While You’re In: Dress your pet, see Shakespeare in the Park, tour the world via radio - The Olympian
While You’re In: Dress your pet, see Shakespeare in the Park, tour the world via radio  The Olympian

Pet rescue, Agency on Aging team up to feed furry friends - The County
Pet rescue, Agency on Aging team up to feed furry friends  The County

Today's the deadline: Vicksburg Living wants to feature you and your pets - The Vicksburg Post - Vicksburg Post
Today's the deadline: Vicksburg Living wants to feature you and your pets - The Vicksburg Post  Vicksburg Post

Pets of the Week, August 13 - VIDEO | Photo & Video - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Pets of the Week, August 13 - VIDEO | Photo & Video  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Fido and COVID: What the CDC says about pets and the coronavirus - Houston Chronicle
Fido and COVID: What the CDC says about pets and the coronavirus  Houston Chronicle

Veterinarians see an increase in pet visits during the pandemic - KYTV
Veterinarians see an increase in pet visits during the pandemic  KYTV

Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral - The Mercury News
Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral  The Mercury News

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

PET EVENTS for Aug. 14, 2020 - Online Athens
PET EVENTS for Aug. 14, 2020  Online Athens

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech' - USA TODAY
Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'  USA TODAY

Lewiston pet vaccine, microchip clinic dates set - The Bethel Citizen
Lewiston pet vaccine, microchip clinic dates set  The Bethel Citizen

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bandit - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bandit  KCBD

What to do if you accidentally lock kids, pets inside of a hot car - KAMR - MyHighPlains.com
What to do if you accidentally lock kids, pets inside of a hot car  KAMR - MyHighPlains.com

13 Pet Beds — Best Pet Beds - WomansDay.com
13 Pet Beds — Best Pet Beds  WomansDay.com

Canaan donates winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program - SanJuanIslander.com
Canaan donates winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program  SanJuanIslander.com

Green River Animal Control to Host Pet Adoption Event - SweetwaterNOW.com
Green River Animal Control to Host Pet Adoption Event  SweetwaterNOW.com

We May Be Doing Our Pets More Harm Than Good - Newser
We May Be Doing Our Pets More Harm Than Good  Newser

Pumpkii robot uses swappable modules to entertain pets - New Atlas
Pumpkii robot uses swappable modules to entertain pets  New Atlas

Austin-based The Zebra becomes first company in US to cover pet adoption fees for employees - KVUE.com
Austin-based The Zebra becomes first company in US to cover pet adoption fees for employees  KVUE.com

South Florida pet store owner accused of animal cruelty - KOKI FOX 23
South Florida pet store owner accused of animal cruelty  KOKI FOX 23

New tick and mosquito repellent will help protect humans and pets, CDC says - Fox News
New tick and mosquito repellent will help protect humans and pets, CDC says  Fox News

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Woman ticketed for releasing lizard; exotic pet still loose in Livingston Parish - WBRZ
Woman ticketed for releasing lizard; exotic pet still loose in Livingston Parish  WBRZ

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues - Psychology Today
The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues  Psychology Today

Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones - Science Daily
Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones  Science Daily

Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

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