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OrandaLover
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Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« on: October 17, 2010, 09:40:19 AM »
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Hey all! just a quick question. Since I'm not allowed to get another tank, do you think it would be okay for me to use one of those big five gallon water buckets as a quarantine or hospital "tank"? I'd try and get like a sponge filter or something of course, but would that work in the place of a real tank?
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Re: Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 06:19:24 PM »
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Well, what is the reason you cannot have a bigger tank replacing the 20gal one?
If it is a financial aspect have a look on Craigs list. There are bargains. Or local papers or even local aquarium forums where you could get bargains.

I cannot see any sense in having a second plastic container or bucket for some of your fish standing next to the tank. Better and much nicer and neat looking is a proper tank.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 08:57:22 PM »
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Well, it's really because there's no more room in my home. And because my parents won't let me.  Cry but the bucket would be only for a quarantine/hospital tank, and not permanent residence for my fishies - how could I set up something like that?
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 12:22:11 AM »
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If it is a space issue: There are tanks around which don't take up more space in lenghts and width but they are higher built. Is this maybe an option? Just wondering because they mentioned it to you about a 60 gal one. Undecided
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Re: Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010, 04:14:28 AM »
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Do you need a quarantine tank? That's the firs question.

Other than that, yes, you can use a plastic cotnainer as a quarantine tank without problems Smiley It might be better though to get a 10 gallon one, since the fish need good water quality, especially if they are sick and need quarantining!
You set it up like a normal tank, you can add a plastic plant and maybe a big pipe or something as a hideout so the fish will feel more secure and home Smiley Substrate isn't needed at all!
Then you just add some fish food to the tank (without fish) and let it cycle in peace! Or you could take water from your main system and fill the new tank with it, and it should cycle much faster!
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Re: Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 04:05:43 PM »
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alright! I'll be going to my local fish store soon, so I'll pick up a filter or something
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Re: Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010, 12:55:01 AM »
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How about a 10 gallon rubbermaid tub to use as a quarantine tank?
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Re: Quarantine/hospital bucket?
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2010, 10:41:28 AM »
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Hm... that might work. I have a big tub in the closet that I could clean out and use temporarily - good idea!
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