Quarantining With Minimal Equipment? Question

  1. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    I have a spare 29 gallon tank and a 150W heater. Can I use that set up to quarantine fish with daily water changes?
     
  2. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    you could, but why would you want to. A cheap filter costs less than 20 bucks.
     

  3. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    I can get a filter but it won't be cycled, would that be an issue?
     
  4. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    If you need a QT tank. I would get a filter and use a filter cartridge from your existing aquarium. If you do daily water changes without a filter then you won't have much beneficial bacteria either.
     

  5. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    My existing aquarium just finished cycling today after 3 months, so I don't want to disturb the bacteria and start a mini cycle...
     
  6. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    Again, with daily water changes and no filter, there will be very little bacteria. In future I would make sure that you have 2 types of media in your filter. I use carbon cartridges that I change every now and then, and I also have aquarium sponge in my filter. I never change the sponge.
     
  7. smee82 Well Known Member Member

    You can also keep a little sponge filter in your main tank to use in a qt or to seed another tank when needed
     

  8. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    I understand that there wouldn't be much bacteria but this is just going to be a quarantine tank for new fish, so I will only need it for 2 weeks and that's it.