Having enjoyed the Holiday weekend and seen some really spectacular fireworks displays, I thought I might start a few fireworks of my own with the following discussion. There are practices in the aquarium hobby that almost everyone follows, but sometimes I think it is for the wrong reason or else the explanation is lacking in facts.
While parts of this country already has weather warm enough to cause problems with our aquariums, most of us are just starting to enter the hot season, where temperature control of the aquarium might become troublesome.
I experienced two instances this week that highlighted one of the "problems" with the aquarium hobby and how we can approach the hobby. One instance was receiving an email question, and the other was one of my longtime friends discussing his recent experience with a large national chain.
The short answer to, "Do I really need a quarantine tank?" is a resounding YES, especially if you have a large aquarium full of fish. While it may seem like a hassle to have a quarantine aquarium, it is much less a hassle than losing all your fish due to introducing something deadly to your current aquarium occupants.