I read the AA article on setting up a quarantine tank but still need advise on getting the water quality right. I put a deposit on a fish I really want and it will be available in 2 weeks. LFS
owner says that's not enough time to get the QT
established. AA article seems to say it is enough time. I filled the tank with water taken from my display tank, but took the sponge out of my qt
filter and put it in my sump for it to accumulate good bacteria.
How often should I test the water over the next few weeks?
Should I be working towards a spike in ammonia then nitrites then nitrates as if I had a brand new tank?
I do not have a shrimp handy to create ammonia, could I just add a cube of mysis shrimp that I feed my fish?
It's confusing to me that I started off using water from my main tank that is stable - why wouldn't that same water be stable and ready to accept the new fish?
Anyone willing to share their $.02? I'm all ears!