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Old 12-16-2008, 10:14 AM   #11
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This ended up being a post about clowns, not about using main tank water for PWCs on the quarantine tank. Anyone else want to comment on that?
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I don't see the problem with doing that in your qt tank while it is not being used for QT but with fish in there I would personally use new salt water IMO
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This ended up being a post about clowns, not about using main tank water for PWCs on the quarantine tank. Anyone else want to comment on that?
Good point!

I wouldn't reuse your main tank water for the QT. If there's nothing in the QT, then there's no reason to do a water change. Granted, you need to feed the empty QT to keep the bacteria alive, but the nitrates aren't going to go that high from that - unless you grossly overfeed the tank.

The point of a QT is two-fold... to serve as a separate place to isolate any diseases, but also to make it easier to keep pristine water conditions (bare bottom, smaller tank). To then reuse your water (which may have pathogens in it that you're not aware of) just seems to make that second part harder to do.
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This ended up being a post about clowns, not about using main tank water for PWCs on the quarantine tank. Anyone else want to comment on that?
Do not reuse the water from your main tank. The point of QT is to isolate the fish from all sources of infection, including your system as well as allowing any current infection/bacteria to be treated. Mix up new SW when doing PWCs on your QT system.
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The point of QT is to isolate the fish from all sources of infection, including your system.
Good point. I was thinking about the LFS as a source of infection but my main tank could be too. I think I'm just burned out from the daily or every other day water changes in my hospital tank and trying to maintain a steady supply of PWC water at two different salinities (I have a 20G bin of 1.024 and a 10G bin of 1.009). But that's only for a few more weeks, and cutting corners is what got me into this mess in the first place!
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Do not reuse the water from your main tank. The point of QT is to isolate the fish from all sources of infection, including your system as well as allowing any current infection/bacteria to be treated. Mix up new SW when doing PWCs on your QT system.

OK my thinking was off yesterday....now rereading what I said....listen to Ziggy and Kurt....Cause I use new salt in mine....but I also always have plenty made up having 3 tanks running
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