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Old 11-26-2005, 02:07 PM   #1
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Quarantine Tank

Hey guys, I just bought this 20-25 gallon tank off of my friend to use as a QT for my 55 gallon. He also gave me a heater, UGF, air pump, and a cheap lighting fixture (just normal lights, nothing special). My question is... what else will I need for my QT tank? If I cant use the UGF, what little filter should I buy? Should I get LR and sand? I know the water should be the same as the main tank. I am just curious as to what else I need in a QT tank. Thanks!
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Filter, heater and lights and something to hide in (pvc, coffee cup etc). Whatever you put in has to be able to be bleached after use. So no lr or substrate.
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Old 11-26-2005, 02:32 PM   #3
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Really??? So will the UGF be OK? Maybe I could put some stones or gravel on top of it, and buy some cheap little fake coral or something? Also, do you have to let the tank cycle like my main tank? Like can I buy a fish and put it in the QT while I wait for my main to to finish cycling?
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The QT tank has to have the denitrifying capability just like your main.
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Old 11-26-2005, 05:02 PM   #5
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Go to a pet store and grab a simple hang on power filter or sponge filter. Before you get ready to quarantine something, put the sponge from the QT filter in the main tank for a few weeks so it can colonize bacteria. Once it is ready do a water change and put the discard water into QT with then conditioned filter sponge. At this point buy your livestock and acclimate it to the QT. Let it go for 6 to 8 weeks (it really does feel like forever until you get an Ich outbreak) and then re-acclimate the livestock to the new tank. Once done clean everything with bleach and put the sponge filter back in the main tank filtration to prepare it for the next QT or hospitalization. Remember to check the QT water every day and change it as needed.
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Wow, 6-8 weeks!!! Is it totally needed for every fish?
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IMO 6-8 weeks is a bit excessive for a quarantine... everything i have read has been from 2-4 weeks. i usually go for 4 weeks.

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Old 11-28-2005, 08:38 PM   #8
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6-8 weeks if your fallowing a tank due to an introduced infestation and 4 (min) upto 6 weeks for QTing new arrivals is best. You need to take into account the varying life cycles of the many parasites possible, 2 weeks is not nearly enough.

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