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Due to a generous guy i got a hold of a ten gal tank im setting up for a qt/ hospital tank

going the hospital route first as one of my lyre tail mollies lost half his tail overnight.

wondering how i should start the tank

few things of note:
i have a rainsoft water system so my water is very soft and metal and chlorine free
leave it bare bottom or gravel?
Temperature should be in the high 70's for freshwater fish ? (guppies and mollies etc )
 

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Bare bottom is always the way to go when you have a qt tank. You will need to cycle it and keep it cycled or do a lot of water changes. One easy way to keep it cycled is keep a fish in it that you can put in your display tank when you are going to use it as a hospital or qt tank. Usually 75 to 80 is what I kept mine at when I did fresh water if I was treating ick I would slowly raise the temperature and bring it back down.
 

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Bare bottom is always the way to go when you have a qt tank. You will need to cycle it and keep it cycled or do a lot of water changes. One easy way to keep it cycled is keep a fish in it that you can put in your display tank when you are going to use it as a hospital or qt tank. Usually 75 to 80 is what I kept mine at when I did fresh water if I was treating ick I would slowly raise the temperature and bring it back down.
thats how im leaning thanks
 

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Just an update i cleared the white cotton like substance that was in the dalmation mollies tail :)... i was getting ready to transfer him back home to his regular tank when i woke up this am and found him dead in the tank..

sometimes i wonder why i bother:blowup:
 
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