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Hello everyone,

I want to set up a qurantine/ hospital tank so I have few questions...

1) Would a 10 gal or 20 gal be sufficient?

2) Should I keep some fish in there to keep it cycled?

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Bam204 said:
I want to set up a qurantine/ hospital tank so I have few questions...
First of all: good idea...

Bam204 said:
1) Would a 10 gal or 20 gal be sufficient?
That largely depends on what fish you want/need to keep in there. I think a 20 gallon would be good for most fish.

Bam204 said:
2) Should I keep some fish in there to keep it cycled?
Mine is empty. I keep the filter for it hooked up on one of my main tanks. When I need the quarantine tank, I just fill it with water, put the fish in and move the filter from the main tank to the quarantine tank. That way you don't need to maintain another tank and don't have to find a place to put the fish you keep in the quarantine tank once you need it.
 

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*** got a 10gal hospital tank, but then again, I keep a south american dwarf cichlid community, so I usually dont have too big of fish.

I have a siamese algae eater as a cycle fish in there, but thats mainly because it cant be kept in the main tank and I dont have the heart to get rid of it. Since its a small tank, but mostly empty, I do water changes every so often (usually when I notice that the water level has dropped significantly). When I have stock in there, I perform them once or twice a week to make sure everyone is happy during the quaranteen period.

Right now, the tank is in my basement which is unfinished. My eventual plant is to finish off the basement, and give the tank a nice look to it. Plant it out and keep one or two smaller fish in there, like a betta or some killies so that they can keep it cycled, and ready if needed, but the tank can look nice in the mean time. Of course, you run the risk of killing, injuring, or sickening your cycle fish, but if you dont keep fish you are very partial too, it shouldnt be too much of a loss.
 

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I asked the same question a few months ago. I keep a 10 gallon tank with a danio in it. I feed the danio a few times a week, and I do water changes every few weeks.
 

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I have an empty 10. I have a simple hang on tank filter with a biowheel for it. I keep the tank empty, but keep the biowheel sitting in my sump.
 
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