Published at Friday, March 02nd, 2018 - 06:28:36 AM. Aquarium Equipment. By Charmaine Lois.
Quarantine Tanks (Q-Tank or hospital tank): The last thing you want is for one of fish to get sick, but you still need to be prepared if that does happen. Having a quarantine tank is crucial for larger systems and recommended for all systems. A quarantine tank allows you to quarantine new fish so you dont introduce a sick fish into your aquarium and risk the health of all your other fish. It also allows you to separate and treat any fish that may become sick. Some serious aquarists have a Q-tank set up and running all the time, while others simply have the necessary equipment to set one up on the spot if needed. You dont need all the bells and whistles for your hospital tank, all you need is a small aquarium, and normally a 10-20 gallon works just fine, a heater, and an adequate filter just for the Q-tank.
Canister filters: Canister filters are very popular with medium sized to larger aquariums. These are external filters that pump water from the tank through a hose and into the canister filter, where it is forced through mechanical, chemical, and biological filter media and then back into the tank through another hose. Canister filters are so popular because of their ability to process large volumes of water through a lot of media. This is important for tanks with a lot of fish that produce a lot of waste. Using a canister filter will help polish your water until its crystal clear. One downside to canister filters is that they can be slightly harder to clean and begin to lose flow as they get clogged until they are cleaned out again. Because of this, if you are lazy about keeping up with regular filter maintenance, trapped debris and detritus can lead to an increase in nitrates. For this reason the canister filter has received the nick name "nitrate factory" among fellow aquarists.
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