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Old 10-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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classroom setting up 10 gal. QT this afternoon

We're doing this as a classroom project so we're going to need lots of help along the way. Our fist step is to set up a 10 gallon QT this afternoon. Hopefully we'll get a larger aquarium to set up soon, but we're starting with this for now.

Do you have any suggestions to get us started?

For now we're starting with just live sand, we can possibly get a piece or 2 of live rock on Thursday.

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10 gal. aquarium (rinsed)
Whisper 40 filter
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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What's the QT for? Usually QTs are bare necessities - heater, filter, and some PVC or flower pots for hiding. You really don't want to use sand or live rocks; they can harbor the parasites and any medications you use will kill off the live rock/sand.
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:11 PM   #3
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Actually, it kind of sounds like they don't have the biggie tank, so it's a semi-display, semi-quaranteen. For a class room that actually makes a bit of sense on some levels.

What I'd do, especially if it's a class project, is go ahead and set it up as a "FOWLR", get the live rock (10 to 15 lbs) and cycle it. Gives you a chance to explaine the process to the class (And some basic organic chemistry depending on their age group. And in spite of the general disdane with which they are held, letting younger kids do a test strip (I'd double check readings myself) could make them feel engaged.

Get yourself a Occ. clown (might get away with a pair. Or a fire fish too. Love those little guys) or something else that could do okay in a ten (Some would debate if anything can, but we're talking about a nano-tank here). Then the tank is going, and when you get a bigger tank, you can transfer just about everything over (Might need a bigger heater. Depending on tank you might just transfer filter and then not be overly worried about a cyle. Also would then need less new live rock) Whatever livestock you get, you want hardy.

Keep in mind, with a ten you're going to have to watch the water like a hawk. I've got a five I've managed, finally, to balance, so it's not like it can't be done.
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i would stock your tank with A PAIR OF ALREADY PAIRED clowns and a goby of some sort
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Old 10-10-2011, 04:04 PM   #5
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I would go with an occelaris clownfish and then a yellow watchman goby. They are interesting, cheap, and hardy
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i would just make sure the clowns are ALREADY PAIRED because 10 gal is to small for them to go through the process of pairing
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Old 10-10-2011, 04:43 PM   #7
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Thank you for all of the help! We were actually thinking of using the 10 gal as a quarantine as we just happen to have the empty tank, extra filter, and heater. We'd like to cycle the 10 gal. to have it ready to quarantine any future purchases and hopefully have a 30 - 50 gal. up and running at some point. We're currently looking at cl for a good deal.

Right now we have the live sand (donated from carib sea) on the bottom and it's filled with Instant Ocean mixed with water according to the package directions.

It looks like the salinity is at the high end of the range on our hydrometer. I'm not sure if we're using the hydrometer correctly, though. Can someone help with how to use it? - it's an Instant Ocean brand.

Also, for cycling - should we use fish food, pure ammonia or raw shrimp?
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Pure ammonia if you can. By the way, what was the exact number on the hydrometer? All you have to do is dip it in the water and look what number the lever points to.
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Pure ammonia if you can. By the way, what was the exact number on the hydrometer? All you have to do is dip it in the water and look what number the lever points to.
And make sure there are no bubbles on the needle
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And make sure it is sitting on something level so you get a true ready. Should be around 1.025 - 1.026. What a cool class project. Must be a good teacher. What age group?
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