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steve1981
06/04/2017, 08:19 AM
I have two small tanks in the garage which I plan to use as QT and/or hospital tanks. My question is what do I need in them?

I have bought small heaters and an air pump with air stone for each. Is that enough or do I need filters or powerheads etc?


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ClownNut
06/04/2017, 09:17 AM
you need some mechanical filtration that dont absorb med.

Swayze27
06/04/2017, 09:48 AM
I use the small hang on the back tetra filters from wal mart. You can seed the filters in your main tank to assist with adding good bacteria to a qt. If you are treating ht with meds just use the foam pad that comes with it and rinse it regularly. A small Powerhead for water movement and surface agitation is a good idea too.

steve1981
06/04/2017, 09:51 AM
What about one of these? https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170604/21b51d9997d2228411fdbcd43d7e7834.jpg or this https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170604/37b266b2f11a7715b1bc2c6a68fc7d96.jpg

Thought it would take care of the flow too.

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Swayze27
06/04/2017, 10:42 AM
Not familiar with either but both appear that they would be a pain to clean

steve1981
06/04/2017, 10:43 AM
They unclip quite easily and the sponges come out to clean. I come apart quite well. But is that the sort of thing you was talking about?


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JustinM
06/04/2017, 12:25 PM
I use the internal filters like you posted so I can still put a top over the tank. I've lost too many fish over the years with no top.

scooter31707
06/05/2017, 11:23 AM
Well, I went 3 months without a filter. I just had a heater and an airstone. I just kept Prime on-hand and kept up with the water changes.