i have been reading through some of the threads and i am seeing that more then a few people dont QT... WOW! Either you guys are some of the luckiest people i know or just have more money then you know what to do with
QT is a MUST DO! Its not hard people! and its a good habbit to have just like washing your hands after well.... you know what.
Its very easy to set-up a QT. theres no need for it to be up and running 24-7 like some people seem to think. also some people think you should wait for a cycle.. its simply not true! at-least IMO
heres a cheap QT
10g Petsmart tank 10-15$
Cheap power head for water circulation.
and 2-inch "T" plumbing fitting.
Optional- Hood with a Light
No need for filter!
there might be 25$ in that set-up above. Not to mention this 25$ can save you 100's of dollars if not more.
1. Set up QT 2 Days before the big purchase
2. make the temp, SG
, and PH match the main display.. Not to hard.
3. Float the Fish or coral in Bag for temp.
4. Drip Acclimate for PH, and SG
in bucket or what-ever you used.
5. Add Fish or coral to QT with the lighting off (causes unneeded stress)
6a. For fish in the QT i dose with Copper for 2 weeks only because it seems kill most forms of parasites such as Ick, white spot... Its nots a cure all, but works well for me.
6b. For Coral i use dips made to rid them of possible bugs then just watch it over the next few weeks. I might need to break out my spare HQI if needed
7. 30% water changes every 3 days..
8. If all seems to look good.. add to main display following steps 3-5
I know people have different ways of QT and by all means this is not the only way to QT. its simply what i do and have done over the past 3 years.