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Old 02-08-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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blue hippo quarantine

Hey guys i have a 125 reef with my yellow tang royal grama blue damsel and thats all the fish i have, now i am buying a blue hippo tuesday about 2 1/2 inches, I have a spare 55 that is at the moment filthy with a few inches of old stagnet saltwater and sand with worms still living in it odly i also have my sump tank for my 125 which each compartment is about 5 gallons. If i isolate one compartment from water flow put a hob filter from another section and a heater can i use this a a quarantine tank? With about 2 pounds of live rock in with it.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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Probaly not unless you can gurantee that the compartment is totally isolated. You will still need to do 2x/DAY or more water changes in that compartment till the HOB starts working. I keep a biowheel from my HOB in my sump so it's ready to go when I buy new fish.

Also, can you do hypsalinity in that compartment should Ich develop?

I think you would be better off with a 10 gallon tank. Go barebottome in eitiher case without the LR.
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its a fuge that has no sand or rock in at time, the hob has been running for two years, being a fuge it can be isolated and hypo, i have a 20 gal long as well the hob is a aqua clear 50 i think i will go that route. Should i use old saltwater from 125.
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Use fresh sw. There is no benefit in using old water from your DT. The HOB is where all the bacteria are anyway.
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How long does he need to be in quarantine?
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30 days is the normal QT period. You can start with a hyposalinity treatment in QT and bring it back up to tank levels when done.

Def use fresh sw mix after letting it aerate for 24 hours.
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