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Old 01-08-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
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Help me size QT for bio load (Ich outbreak)

I noticed some rice looking spots on 1 side of my FoxFace Lo. No sign on any other fish. I had a small problem last year with my firefish and I removed him alone for a QT hyposalinty treatment.

This time I fgure I'll put all my fish through the hypo treatment and leave the main tank fallow of fish for 6 weeks.

Can I get all my livestock in a 30 gallong QT running a Aquaclear 150 with daily 10-15% water changes?

The QT will be bear bottom with some pvc and maybe some fake plants and rock for the blenny, percs, etc.

Can all these guys survive together for 6 weeks in such a small tank?

1 Green Chromis - (Chromis viridis)
1 Coral Beauty Angel - (Centropyge bispinosus)
2 True Percula Clownfish - (Amphiprion percula)
1 Bicolor Blenny (Ecsenius bicolor)
1 Foxface Lo (Siganus vulpinus)
1 Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum)
1 Royal gramma (Gramma loreto)

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Old 01-08-2005, 11:44 PM   #2
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Should work. The only concern would be the size of the Lo and tang. Otherwise a 3 ft tank would be fine space wise. As you say, just be ready with the water changes.

Just remember if you add the rock you suggested above it must be fallowed or dried afterwards if using hypo. If using copper it'll be junk.

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Thanks Steve.

Yea the rock will be one piece from the main and won't go back (ever). It will be allowed to dry after and kept in case it's ever needed again.

I'm going to take my current QT, an Eclipse 12, and make a small tank for the CBS and the lonely chromis in a corner. Then I can add some pepps to take care of the aips and a cleaner to the main tank.

I figure 6 weeks at a minimum in QT, 1 week to lower sg, 4 weeks at 1.09 then 1 week to raise the sg.

I have 30 gallons of freshly made Kent sw mixed and ready to go. should issue that for a water change in the main and and drain the main to the new QT?
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I figure 6 weeks at a minimum in QT, 1 week to lower sg, 4 weeks at 1.09 then 1 week to raise the sg.
Lowering the salinity is no where near as stressful as raising it. You can easily do it in 2-3 days. Also once the salinity is back to normal they should remain for an additional two weeks to be sure there are no re-occurances and no secondary infections.

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I'm off to buy that 30 and soem eggcrate for the top. Hope there's not too much aggression in the cramped quarters.

6-8 weeks can be a long time in tight quarters.
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Steve,

What about the mandarin? Would it be ok to leave him the display tank with everyone else in QT? He'll starve in the QT tank.

Would he remain a carrier?
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What about the mandarin? Would it be ok to leave him the display tank with everyone else in QT? He'll starve in the QT tank.
8O 8O You never mentioned the mandarine before!

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Although probabley one of the highest on the resistance list, it will still be a potential carrier. It will definately starve in a QT over that period though unless you can <<train it to accept prepared foods>>. It would survive hypo but copper usually does them in. Hard call

Best suggestion is leave it be and hope for the best unless you have some success on the feeding front. They are the one fish that makes it quite impossible to be sure of a 100% cure rate if not QT'd in some other fashion (ie.. it's own tank).

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Thanks. I'll try to train him then just hope for the best.
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If your bioload gives you a problem, you can always increase your water volume with an overflow system. I have employed in my self with a garbage can. It helped a lot.
With the dragonet, I would consider his own 10 gallon. Even if you can get him to eat prepared food, the others will beat him to the food every time.
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Nice idea Kurt. I'd consider it if it wasn't set up n my living room
I'll just have to stay on top of it with water changes. I'll need to keep a close eye on pH and SG anyway so....

I can put the mandarin in a 12g if I can get him to eat prepared food.
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