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Old 02-27-2008, 08:11 AM   #31
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This article should help you.

Good move on the QT tank setup!
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:37 PM   #32
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Your filter is perfect. You will want to do a 50% PWC on your tank before using that water for the QT. Assuming you want to set it up now I would just use a fresh mix of sw and your filter.

Yes to a power head, just to add some flow. I woul point it to a corner to make it bounce off two walls.

No to a glass top if that's what you are referring to.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:37 PM   #33
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Your filter is perfect. You will want to do a 50% PWC on your tank before using that water for the QT. Assuming you want to set it up now I would just use a fresh mix of sw and your filter.

Yes to a power head, just to add some flow. I woul point it to a corner to make it bounce off two walls.

No to a glass top if that's what you are referring to.

I figured also that my cycling water wouldn't be any good to use on the QT. But if I was to start With fresh salt mix would I have to let the cycle go all over again or would the filter make the water suitable. I will have this setup by saturday. I want to be able to put a fish in there by next sat. Is that possible. I also want to use the 2 airstones I have in there instead of a power head, will this work? And the hood I am talking bout is the one thats on the FW tank. The hole in the back is very wide looks like a decent amount of air will get in there.

Also I rather start with a fresh mix of SW. I used tap water for my initial fill up. Didn't have an RO/DI back then. That would give me some time to do PWC's and dillute that tap out. So I figure I would buy my first fish next week if the QT is ready. Keep it there for 3 weeks atleast. Move to the main tank. Then repeat with new fish every month. This is a good way to eliminate disease and build up my tanks bio-load right. My first fish is gnna be a Clownfish my kids want a nemo.
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The filter that you move over will bring all the bacteria you need. If the tank is going to be fallow for a week you should add a couple of flakes of fish food to breakdown and become a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria. It doesn't take much.

I like to go 30 days minimum on QT for a new fish.

I would put a power head in that QT tank and aim it so the surface is rippled to help with the gas exchange. If the pH remains stable (take a reading at the same time each day) then the hood is not a problem. Is the 'hole' along the entire back area of the tank?

Make enough fresh mix to allow for 20% pwc twice a day if necessary in QT for the first week. That would be a gallon bucket or two at the ready. Keep them covered till needed.

When the cycle is complete in the main tank you want to do a 50% PWC or a couple of 30% PWCs to that tank.
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Woo to the Hoo. My tank seems to be cycled. I tested everything yesterday Ammo-0 Nitrites-0 Nitrates 5 -10ppm. Didn't believe it at first. So I waited another day same results. Does this means everything is good. If so is it ok to do a PWC? I've been wanting to clean up that die-off for a while now. But a few peices of the rock still smells, the big ones. Does this means that the rock isn't cured yet fully. I still plan on waiting a couple of weeks to put a fish in there. Still trying to get this QT set up.
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Well everybody went out got a 10 QT. Didn't have the heart to get rid of my FW fish. Been with me for over a year.
I used fresh saltwater and am seeding it with my Aquaclear 70. SG is the same as main.
What do I do now?
When will it be ready for a fish?
Am I waiting for the cycle to start over again?
What's sup with PWC's?
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