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Old 10-10-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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thoughts on a QT tank ??

so my tank had ich so i went fishless for 8 weeks and now when i get fish i want to make sure i dont have to do that all over again soooooo....

i was thinking about a 10 gal from pestmart but dont know what type of cheap filter i should get >>> and do i need a light ???

any ideas ??
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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If you don't intend on quarantining coral, you can go with a simple light.
The advantage of quarantining fish is obvious...but the QT system has to be up to the same water standards as the fish tank is.
The fish/coral is already stressed big time by the time it hits your doorstep. The QT system should not add to that stress, it needs to be a "healing environment" in a best case. So don't scrimp on the filter, there are many choices, but I would use something that will guarantee very low organic loads.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:27 PM   #3
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any brand names you would recommend ???
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how would a aquaclear 30 do for an hob filter ......and what should i put in the hob like chempure or purgen ???

also how do i get bacteria in it withought a mini cycle or can that even happen with a bare tank ??
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I am wrestling with this myself. In 30 years I never QT anything. Had some problems on and off, but was frankly too lazy to keep up two separate systems.
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You don't need to keep up two tanks..tear down the QT when your not QTing...When you know your getting a fish set it back up a few days beforehand ,,plan it around a water change and use that tank water,,and simply put the media from your QT HOB filter in your sump or filter and let it get ready..

Any HOB will do..get a cheap Top Fin or something,and a heater..I don't use a light on mine...
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I have been running a 55 Gallon Fresh planted and a 100 Gallon Reef and have never setup a QT for over 8 years and only had one issue. And that issue was due to me trying a new LFS, never went back to that one. I think it is more about the quality of your LFS and how they buy and maintain thier stock. If you have a great LFS then I don't think you need to run a QT at all. One of my friends does and he has lost more fish in QT then I have in my 8 years. As for what filter i would get something that keeps the bio down and also that is at least two X the rating for the tank just to be sure.
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I run a QT, but only for fish that I get online. When I buy fish at my LFS, i do not QT them, since the LFS already does a 2 week QT on them before they go onsale.
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