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 Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?

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PostSubject: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:28 am

I have a 1 gallon, no filtration or anything that I use as a quarantine tank. But other than that I was wondering if I should envest in a nursery tank? I don't try to save the fry at the moment. I just let nature take its course, and the strongest survive.

If I had a for sure way to unload the fry, then I would envest in a nursery tank. I know skoolz of fish will take them, but I was wondering if anyone knows another local store that will give store credit? The guy at skoolz of fish says he hasn't had a demand for poecilia, so he wouldn't be able to offer any credit.

I've started trimming down my stocks of fish genetically. I want to empty the tank so I've only got endlers, speckled blue platy and maybe the large breeding swordtails...

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PostSubject: Re: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:56 am

My strategy is to use what is available... I would start an extra sponge filter in another tank that is already in use and stick the filter in the quarantine tank when I have fry. I'm sure that you don't always have sick fish... Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:22 am

Lol, I haven't had any sick fish for months! ...I'm not familiar with sponge filters...:/

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PostSubject: Re: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:23 pm

Even if you're just giving away the extras as feeder-fish, having a nursery tank (or many!) will let you raise more fry for selecting your next generation of breeders. You cant really tell which ones will have the best color, fin shape, etc as adults until they're at least half-grown.
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PostSubject: Re: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:33 pm

Sponge filters are really easy to use and maintain. Here’s a link to an article that explains them well...

http://deosfluviatilis.hubpages.com/hub/What-Are-Sponge-Filters-How-They-Work-and-Why-Choose-One

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PostSubject: Re: Is it worth it to have a nursery tank?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:51 pm

Some good advice received, I run sponge filters in every tank.

As Johnny notes it's great to have a seeded sponge filter on hand for hospital or quarantine, but sponge filters are also an excellent means of economical filtration.

Rama over at Skoolz of fish stocks a few different sizes.

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