SB 109: Treating Shrimp Diseases - Quarantine Shrimp Tank


There are going to be times in your shrimp keeping career when you need a quarantine tank, whether that’s for isolating new shrimp to protect your colony, having a place to isolate old or diseased shrimp from the other shrimp, or maybe you need a place to move your shrimp while treating your fish for disease. Regardless of the situation, having a quarantine tank at the ready is ideal. Realistically though, most aquarists don’t have empty tanks sitting around. We may not have the space for it, or we may set one up and then peruse our local fish store and think, “Huh, I want those shrimp – and I already have a cycled tank for them!” And then our quarantine tank is gone. With that reality in mind, this article will cover how to set up a new quarantine tank for shrimp in just a few minutes so we can move our patient(s) into a safe place.

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The Tank

To prepare for our patient’s arrival, we need a reasonably-sized tank or container – the bigger the better since more water leads to a more stable environment but realistically anywhere from 1-10g (4-38L) will work. A bucket or large food container works as well as a glass aquarium for a quarantine tank, although clear sides are nice to be able to see your shrimp patient at any angle.

As with any tank, always clean it up before use with vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide, then rinsing with hot water (mixing cleaning agents can be dangerous – vinegar and hydrogen peroxide becomes corrosive and vinegar and bleach creates chlorine gas).

Note: As your animal may be stressed during quarantine/treatment, it is a very good idea to cover the top of the quarantine tank so it cannot escape. Shrimp have been known to climb out of tanks occasionally.

What To Put In The Tank

  1. Water

If possible, RO/DI (or spring) water remineralized to the same GH and KH is the best option. We recommend freshly remineralized water over water from your main tank because purified water is more controlled to ensure healthy conditions. The water in your main tank may even be part of what is making your shrimp sick and we want to eliminate any potential problems. If you cannot get RO/DI water, then we recommend fresh tap water matching the parameters in your main tank (don’t forget to dechlorinate it!).

  1. Filtration

Our goal with a quarantine tank is to maintain the healthiest conditions possible, which means we need to oxygenate it and take care of waste. A single shrimp has a very low bioload so a simple airstone in a small quarantine tank is often enough. For larger tanks (>5g) or those with more than 1-2 shrimp per gallon, a pre-cycled filter is recommended to eliminate ammonia and increase water agitation/flow.

Situations where you need a quarantine tank often don’t allow for the week or so it takes to cycle a filter though. If you don’t have a pre-cycled filter, just stay on top of water testing and do water changes if ammonia/nitrites/nitrates build up.

  1. Botanicals

Botanicals like Indian almond leaves and alder cones release tannins into the water, which have been shown to improve immune function in shrimp and other animals. We recommend quickly boiling your botanicals for 2-3 minutes to remove any pesticides/contaminants on them. This does remove some of the tannins but is best to avoid potential issues. Once botanicals are added to the quarantine tank, you should see the water take on a brown tint, indicating tannins are being released into the water.

About 2-3 botanical pieces per gallon should be enough. Adding too many botanicals can cause your pH to drop outside of the recommended range of your shrimp. Here's a good deal on indian almond leaves if you'd like to buy them from Amazon. There are cheaper sellers on Ebay if you're interested in buying larger quantities

That’s everything you need for a quarantine tank for shrimp!

Treating Your Shrimp

The next step is to treat your shrimp, which typically involves salt dips or hydrogen peroxide dosing. You can find more about these treatments by following the links below:

SB 109.1: Treating Shrimp With Salt Dips

SB 109.2: Treating Shrimp With Hydrogen Peroxide



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