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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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  2. Peloton Treadmills Unsafe for People With Young Children or Pets, Federal Agency Says  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Peloton Tread Plus: CPSC warns it can kill kids, pets; says stop using it 'immediately'  CNET
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Pets Experience Separation Anxiety as Owners Return to Work  BRProud.com

How to Help Pets Deal With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety, According to Veterinarians - New York Magazine
How to Help Pets Deal With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety, According to Veterinarians  New York Magazine

Lyme disease in pets being reported in high numbers - The Columbus Dispatch
Lyme disease in pets being reported in high numbers  The Columbus Dispatch

Ask the Vet: Tails can be a source of problems for pets - Toledo Blade
Ask the Vet: Tails can be a source of problems for pets  Toledo Blade

Pets of the Week | Pets | indexjournal.com - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Pets | indexjournal.com  Index-Journal

Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Oconee; Two Pets Exposed - SCDHEC
Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Oconee; Two Pets Exposed  SCDHEC

5 pets die in house fire in Posey Co. - 14 News WFIE Evansville
5 pets die in house fire in Posey Co.  14 News WFIE Evansville

Pets of the week: A velvety rabbit and a sweet senior dog - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: A velvety rabbit and a sweet senior dog  Duluth News Tribune

Is your office ready for pets? - Fortune
Is your office ready for pets?  Fortune

Research looks at SARS-CoV-2 transmission from people to pets - News-Medical.Net
Research looks at SARS-CoV-2 transmission from people to pets  News-Medical.Net

“The pitbull saved our life” – family speaks after losing 5 pets in house fire west of Mt. Vernon - Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
“The pitbull saved our life” – family speaks after losing 5 pets in house fire west of Mt. Vernon  Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)

Tips for moving pets across town or across the country - Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Tips for moving pets across town or across the country  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021  Summit Daily News

Pets of the week: Polly wants to be your buddy. Potato needs a new home - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Polly wants to be your buddy. Potato needs a new home  MLive.com

Adopt-a-Pet: Help these furry friends find a forever home - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Adopt-a-Pet: Help these furry friends find a forever home  Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

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

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Pet adoption fees lowered during Empty the Shelters event - Brunswick News
Pet adoption fees lowered during Empty the Shelters event  Brunswick News

Now is the time to prepare your pets for when you leave them for the day - Yahoo News
Now is the time to prepare your pets for when you leave them for the day  Yahoo News

Experts: Prepare dogs, cats to be home alone when you go back to work - Newsday
Experts: Prepare dogs, cats to be home alone when you go back to work  Newsday

Pet of the Week: Leo | Pets | independenttribune.com - Independent Tribune
Pet of the Week: Leo | Pets | independenttribune.com  Independent Tribune

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Please keep ID on your pet | Letters | timesnews.net  Kingsport Times News

How Much Do These Unusual Pets Actually Cost? - Yahoo Finance
How Much Do These Unusual Pets Actually Cost?  Yahoo Finance

Can't find your pet's favorite food? Pandemic problems may be to blame - WGRZ.com
Can't find your pet's favorite food? Pandemic problems may be to blame  WGRZ.com

Flea and tick prevention tips for pets - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Flea and tick prevention tips for pets  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips - WGME
Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips  WGME

Here's how successful support dogs are trained - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
Here's how successful support dogs are trained  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Pet Care Is a Booming Business and PetIQ Is a Smart Way to Play It. - Barron's
Pet Care Is a Booming Business and PetIQ Is a Smart Way to Play It.  Barron's

Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets - WebMD
Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

Faith Temple Food Giveaway expanding to pet food - KELOLAND.com
Faith Temple Food Giveaway expanding to pet food  KELOLAND.com

Expert advice: Keeping your family and pets safe during tick season in the Tri-Cities - WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Expert advice: Keeping your family and pets safe during tick season in the Tri-Cities  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

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NOW: Local non-profit helping pet families feed furry friends - ABC 57 News  ABC 57 News

Hoover's PowerDash Pet Carpet Cleaner Is 31% Off on Amazon - PEOPLE.com
Hoover's PowerDash Pet Carpet Cleaner Is 31% Off on Amazon  PEOPLE.com

U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing - NBC News
U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing - INFORUM
Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing  INFORUM

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Some Arizona pets testing presumptive positive for COVID-19 - ABC15 Arizona
Some Arizona pets testing presumptive positive for COVID-19  ABC15 Arizona

Lather, rinse, repeat: Pet groomers get busy with canine shampoos and haircuts - Toledo Blade
Lather, rinse, repeat: Pet groomers get busy with canine shampoos and haircuts  Toledo Blade

After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Lake Humane Society taking part in Bissell Pet Foundation's 'Empty the Shelters' program - News-Herald.com
Lake Humane Society taking part in Bissell Pet Foundation's 'Empty the Shelters' program  News-Herald.com

Dog food drive in San Antonio aims to help pet families in need - KSAT San Antonio
Dog food drive in San Antonio aims to help pet families in need  KSAT San Antonio

Pet food shortage in stores, online | wgrz.com - WGRZ.com
Pet food shortage in stores, online | wgrz.com  WGRZ.com

Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Lady - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Lady  WATE 6 On Your Side

Kids can practice reading skills while spending time with shelter pets - ABC15 Arizona
Kids can practice reading skills while spending time with shelter pets  ABC15 Arizona

Multiple pets die in morning house fire in Evansville - 14 News WFIE Evansville
Multiple pets die in morning house fire in Evansville  14 News WFIE Evansville

Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh  CBS Pittsburgh

AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic - American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic  American Veterinary Medical Association

EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars - NBC10 Boston
EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars  NBC10 Boston

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Adopt-a-Pet April 19 - Chadds Ford Live  Chadds Ford Live

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Maccy G Pets appeal to survive after huge Covid challenges  Norwich Evening News

Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed - WECT
Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed  WECT

Pet rescue organization shuts down after abuse complaints - WSIL TV
Pet rescue organization shuts down after abuse complaints  WSIL TV

Council Bluffs pet owner promises better conditions after animals seized - WOWT
Council Bluffs pet owner promises better conditions after animals seized  WOWT

Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down - Crunchbase News
Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Pet adoption: Oswego County 'princess' dog looking for home after owner passes away - CNYcentral.com
Pet adoption: Oswego County 'princess' dog looking for home after owner passes away  CNYcentral.com

Meet Briggs! This week's Perfect Pet | kcentv.com - KCENTV.com
Meet Briggs! This week's Perfect Pet | kcentv.com  KCENTV.com

Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents - PEOPLE
Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents  PEOPLE

Animal league comes to Glens Falls for week-long pet adoption event - NEWS10 ABC
Animal league comes to Glens Falls for week-long pet adoption event  NEWS10 ABC

Global Pet Grooming Services Market Trajectory & Analytics Report 2021, Featuring Aussie Pet Mobile, Chewy, Hollywood Grooming Inc., Muddy Paws and More - Yahoo Finance
Global Pet Grooming Services Market Trajectory & Analytics Report 2021, Featuring Aussie Pet Mobile, Chewy, Hollywood Grooming Inc., Muddy Paws and More  Yahoo Finance

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021  Summit Daily News

Search for Idaho man’s missing pet raccoon comes to bittersweet end in Oklahoma - KFOR Oklahoma City
Search for Idaho man’s missing pet raccoon comes to bittersweet end in Oklahoma  KFOR Oklahoma City

No, your pet won't die if it eats a cicada. What to know about Brood X - CNET
No, your pet won't die if it eats a cicada. What to know about Brood X  CNET

Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families  Tampa Bay Times

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Bicycle Pet Seats Global Market Report – Top Companies and Crucial Challenges – KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper  KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

Dog's begging routine makes the pet a viral star - Fox News
Dog's begging routine makes the pet a viral star  Fox News

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform - ATP Tour
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

News Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD
News Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall  WebMD

Pet Tales: Spring brings baby animals and birds to wildlife center - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Spring brings baby animals and birds to wildlife center  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pokémon Pet Sematary: Hydreigon | Pokémon GO Hub - Pokemon GO Hub
Pokémon Pet Sematary: Hydreigon | Pokémon GO Hub  Pokemon GO Hub

Couples evacuate Miami duplex after fire breaks out; pet birds killed - WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale
Couples evacuate Miami duplex after fire breaks out; pet birds killed  WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic - Duke Today
Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic  Duke Today

Meet Ruby, Newswest 9's Pet of the Week - NewsWest9.com
Meet Ruby, Newswest 9's Pet of the Week  NewsWest9.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/14/2021) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/14/2021)  ABC15 Arizona

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Global Mobile Pet Care Market Detailed Survey and Outlook Report Shows How Top Companies Is Able to Survive in Future – KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper  KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People - Self
There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People  Self

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

Pet supplement maker adds Fort Collins manufacturing facility - Loveland Reporter-Herald
Pet supplement maker adds Fort Collins manufacturing facility  Loveland Reporter-Herald

National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History - PRNewswire
National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History  PRNewswire

How the Furbo Dog Camera helped me leave my pet home alone - NBC News
How the Furbo Dog Camera helped me leave my pet home alone  NBC News

'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic' - BBC News
'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household - Valley News Live
Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household  Valley News Live

PET TALK: Cognitive decline in aging dogs: What to know - Paris News
PET TALK: Cognitive decline in aging dogs: What to know  Paris News

After lost dog found, owner says pet rescue won’t give it back - WANE
After lost dog found, owner says pet rescue won’t give it back  WANE

Meet Austin FC's Newest Mascot(s): Adoptable Dogs from Austin Pets Alive! - Austin Monthly
Meet Austin FC's Newest Mascot(s): Adoptable Dogs from Austin Pets Alive!  Austin Monthly

Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns - Fox News
Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns  Fox News

Pets & Animals - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Pets & Animals  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon - Norman Transcript
Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon  Norman Transcript

Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species - Ars Technica
Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species  Ars Technica

Jacksonville’s best pet bakery: Redbones Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique - WJXT News4JAX
Jacksonville’s best pet bakery: Redbones Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique  WJXT News4JAX

Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone  WCAX

Fitch Rates Central Garden & Pet Company's Proposed Unsecured Notes 'BB'/'RR4' - Fitch Ratings
Fitch Rates Central Garden & Pet Company's Proposed Unsecured Notes 'BB'/'RR4'  Fitch Ratings

Novel PET radiopharmaceutical shows promising results in first-in-humans study - News-Medical.Net
Novel PET radiopharmaceutical shows promising results in first-in-humans study  News-Medical.Net

Adopt-a-Pet: Toothpick wants to relax in a forever home! - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Adopt-a-Pet: Toothpick wants to relax in a forever home!  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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America's Most Pet-Friendly National Parks TravelPulse  msnNOW

My Pet World: How to train dogs who don't like being picked up - Arizona Daily Star
My Pet World: How to train dogs who don't like being picked up  Arizona Daily Star

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Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua  KIRO Seattle

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