You brought home a beautiful new fish and you’re eager to add it to your aquarium community. How will you do it? It would be best to put him in a quarantine tank first. Not only will this prevent your new fish from getting thermal shock, it will also protect your aquarium from possible diseases or parasites.
Here are the top reasons for having a quarantine tank:
- Help new fish adjust to new water and food
- Protect your aquarium from parasites or infectious diseases introduced by new fish
- Use as a breeding and hatching area for fish
- Isolate and treat sick fish
The tank size depends on your needs, but a ten-gallon tank is sufficient for a quarantine tank. Set it up so that it’s easy to clean and disinfect. This will include using fluorescent lighting, a filter, a heater, and rocks and plastic plants that are low maintenance. Substrate is not necessary as you want to keep the tank easy to clean.
New fish should be quarantined for about two weeks before being introduced to the main tank. This should give you enough time to look for symptoms of potentially harmful organisms. Of course, you should acclimatize the fish in water that comes from the same source you use for the main tank. Use the same products you would use to condition the water in your main tank and adjust the temperature to match as much as possible.
Once you’ve introduced the new fish into your aquarium, you can clean, disinfect and store the quarantine tank for later use. Clean and rinse the tank with water or use a mild, diluted bleach solution to disinfect it. Rinse well and allow it to dry completely to kill any suspected pathogens.
Follow these tips and you’ll have an easy-to-use quarantine tank that will help protect the beauty of your aquarium.
Talk to a Pet Supermarket store associate, who will help you find everything you need to set up your own quarantine tank.