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Old 04-18-2010, 10:15 PM   #1 
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QT/Hospital Tank

Could someone give me some tips? Is it better to set one up just when you need it or better to have one running at all times?

Tank-Would a 5 gallon work?
Heater-Already have this.
Filter-Would a sponge filter be better? Anyone know of any good brands?
Air Stone, Hose, and Pump-Is it good to have this?
Other-Do I need substrate? Hiding Places? Plastic/Silk Plants?

Anything I missed?



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Old 04-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #2 
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A five gallon is a great hospital tank. IMO they should be bare bottom so you can clean them easily and also see the quality of the poop (indication of parasites, etc). An adjustable heater is a must.. I would do either a 25 or 50 watt. I don't filter my hospital tanks. Instead I opt for daily water changes (either full or partial). You should probably provide some hiding whether from plants or caves to make the fish feel secure. I also don't put any lights on a hospital tank.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:42 PM   #3 
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Thanks! I knew about the having no lights. Do I need the air stuff?
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:58 PM   #4 
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If you do frequent water changes you really don't need aeration. The new water will have the oxygen in it. It probably wouldn't hurt but for a sick fish I prefer to have no flow whatsoever whether from a filter or airstone,etc.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:00 PM   #5 
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Okay...Why does the heater need to be adjustable?
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:04 PM   #6 
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Because some illnesses are better treated with warmer water, some with cooler water. For instance when I'm treating my tail biters I bump up the temp to 82-84* to speed their metabolism which promotes faster regrowth.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:24 PM   #7 
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Okay, thank you!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:38 AM   #8 
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I also don't put any lights on a hospital tank.
I do. It might be useful to have a little additional light you can switch on to improve visibility when you are checking on the healing process!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:51 AM   #9 
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I use a flashlight. Its something I learned from my Betta Breeders association.. the best way to look at a fish is with a flash light :)
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:23 PM   #10 
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Flashlights are good, too. In my house, though, they tend to grow legs and walk away to somewhere that I'll never see them again.
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