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Old 06-25-2004, 10:15 PM   #11
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By the time I get my fish, the QT will have been filled with water (water with very high nitrites) for just under a week (I haven't taken the water out yet),
Sorry I don't follow. Are you using water from your main tank that has high nitrites or just commenting that the QT has high nitrites? I would use newly prepared SW that has aged a day or two to fill the QT. Not "seasoned" tank water.

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but my filter hasn't been switched on and the water hasn't been aerated or heated.
If the filters only been off for a few hours it will be fine. If much longer the bacteria in the filter will be dead. Especially if it's a canister which will smell like sulphur when you open it.

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Will my 2 filter pads still be ok? There's been no ammonia source for a week either, of course.
If you mean the filter has been dormant for a week with the pads in them, then they won't be any good.

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The filter has been turned off for a week - there's still water in the QT, but no ammonia source for a week.

OK, looks like I'll put one of the pads back in my main tank for a couple of weeks then.
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Old 06-26-2004, 02:58 PM   #13
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The filter has been turned off for a week - there's still water in the QT, but no ammonia source for a week.
I would strongly recommend you open the filter outside. It's not going to be pleasant. 8O

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lol, ok!

Do I have to do anything to the pads other than rinse them thoroughly with warm water, before I put one in my main tank to colonise (and leave one to dry)?
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Rinse the media you remove from the filter really well in hot tap water until the "aroma" has diminished and allow them both to air dry for a few days. Then you can re-use them.

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By the time I get my fish, the QT will have been filled with water (water with very high nitrites) for just under a week (I haven't taken the water out yet),
Sorry I don't follow. Are you using water from your main tank that has high nitrites or just commenting that the QT has high nitrites? I would use newly prepared SW that has aged a day or two to fill the QT. Not "seasoned" tank water.
What about this part

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I'll air dry them for 4 days - will that be ok?

When I said high nitrites, I meant the water that was still in the QT (I haven't emptied it out yet).

I'll take your advice and re-fill the QT with new SW when I get my fish.
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I'll air dry them for 4 days - will that be ok?
As long as they are rinsed first yes.

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I'll take your advice and re-fill the QT with new SW when I get my fish.
If you need to do a water change, I would suggest sooner than later. I would not wait until the new fish is purchased. Even though there may be a need to treat the new arrival, it's best to provide the optimum conditions where possible from the start. If the fish makes it through the QT interval without a hitch, it will make the fish's life and your's much easier.

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I meant I'll re-fill the QT (100% waterchange) before I put my fish in (and indeed buy it!).
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I've just rinsed the 2 pads in hot water, and there's still a very slight smell from them, although barely noticeable (I've been at it for ages). There's also a small patch on each of the pads that isn't the same colour as the rest - sort of a light brown colour.

I rinsed the filter itself as well, which also has a very slight smell.

After 4 days, will it be ok?
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