This article is awesome! I am a beginner with first tank cycling. Didn't use a quarantine tank and have sick fish on my hands at the same time as cycling. What a mess!!
I was about to post to ask questions how to start a quarantine tank but searched what info the forum would have first----wow! Wish I had found this article 2 months ago! But the thought of quarantine never even entered my head until the sick fish!
I unfortunately wasn't read-up on quarantining, and made the mistake of adding fish without this measure. Sure enough, a group of the fish had something, and I ended up having to treat my whole tank. Never again!
Is it correct that a quarantine tank is not needed when adding fish to my first tank, after it is cycled? Only when adding future fish, right?
Originally Posted by MCHRKiller
If you're talking about your first fish in a newly cycled tank, then no, you don't need to quarantine them, but you may have to acclimate them, depending on where you purchased them. If you purchased them within the same city (or near the city where you live), it's likely that your water parameters are similar to where you bought them. You could get them acclimated to the temperature and drop them in. If you purchased them elsewhere, you may need to acclimate them via the drip method so they get used to your water.
Originally Posted by gronlaura
Tank 1: 20gal Long Planted Freshwater - 1 Crowntail Betta + 8 Oto Cats + 1 Horned Nerite Snail + 3 Orange Rabbit Snail + 4 Amano Shrimp
Tank 2: 75gal Planted Freshwater - 6 Serpaes + 18 Black Ruby Barbs + 3 Golden Wonder Killies + 1 Opaline Gourami + 2 Striped Raphael Cat + 4 SAEs + 5 Assassin Snails
Tank 3: 10gal Planted Brackish Water - 4 Nerite Snails
Tank 4: 10gal Planted Freshwater - 5 Rabbit Snails + RCS
My 75 Gal Journal
My Snail Breeding Journal
I would still suggest quarantining new fish, even your first ones. Not only is it easier to treat fish in a QT tank (should you have to), but you do not have to worry about parasites and/or virusis getting into your tank making it more difficult to get them out of your substrate, driftwood, decorations or other objects you have in the tank
If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
"Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info