View Full Version : Do I keep my hospital/QT tank running?

06/02/2017, 02:51 PM
I have just set up two small aquariums in the garage to act as QT or hospital tanks as and when I need them. I have some. Basic lights, an air pump going to each and a heater in each.

Firstly do in need anything else, and secondly should I keep it all going all the time even when nothing is in it? I'm thinking about the lose of money/energy. They are only small and could be heated up in no time if needed but wondered what people suggested.

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06/02/2017, 02:54 PM
I keep mine running. Much better to have a cycled tank ready if the need arises, IMHO.

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06/02/2017, 03:16 PM
Do I need anything else in there? Will an air pump dripping bubbles out of a tube be ok or should it be an aerator stone?

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06/02/2017, 03:37 PM
I keep a running QT so that I can put new fish into an established tank with pods and algae. It's really just so that they get eating and I can observe for potential issues. Treatment occurs in temporary 10 gallon tanks.