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Old 01-25-2006, 03:12 PM   #11
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I should have been more clear with the wet/dry filter... right now I have an Americal 150 w/bioballs and a mag 950 and I was wondering if the millennium 1000 would suffice so I didnt lose a magdrive to a copper treatment.
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:35 PM   #12
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I honestly can’t see why you would use a wet/dry with a Mag 950 doing 950 gph for biological filtration for a QT. How large is your QT? Are you quarantining sharks in a 100 gal tank? (joke I hope)

Most QT tanks are only 10-30 gal and the millennium 1000 filter pushing 85 gph seems fine. As I stated before if it’s on the main then it should have some bacteria to help with the bio-filtration if moved to the QT when acquiring a new fish. If not then you will have to do pwc to keep the nh3\no2\no3 levels respectable during the quarantine period.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:30 PM   #13
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Why a 950? because it was there... anyway thats the only reason its there. I forgot I had the millennium 1000 filter and I hooked up the trickle with the mag 950... No the 1000 is not on the main so Im waiting for the QT to cycle (fishless).By the way its a 20 gal long.

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That must be one heck of a flow with that mag on a 20 gal. I would think 47+ turnover on that tank would be like getting stuck in a hurricane 24/7 for the fish. I thought the idea was to make it less stressful for them 8O

Cycling before adding the fish isn’t a bad idea but considering the short time span (3-4 weeks) that you keep them in there I’d rather just do pwc then have to wait yet another 4+ weeks before I was able to buy a fish.
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That must be one heck of a flow with that mag
actually it wasnt very turbulent at all, I had two outlets which slowed the force of the stream by 1/2 or more

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Cycling before adding the fish isn’t a bad idea but considering the short time span (3-4 weeks) that you keep them in there I’d rather just do pwc then have to wait yet another 4+ weeks before I was able to buy a fish.
My whole plan is to keep the QT up and running for a while, My Flame Angel had a couple of spots appear and then disappear so in the time Im cycling ,Im also watching the main just in case something bad happens. Then every so often ill "feed" the QT to keep it alive. I dont want to break down the tank and set it back up again if I dont have to.(unless I get a bad one)
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My whole plan is to keep the QT up and running for a while, then every so often I’ll "feed" the QT to keep it alive. I don’t want to break down the tank and set it back up again if I don’t have to.(unless I get a bad one)
It is much easier to keep it running all the time and “feed” as needed Also I just read the new article on advancedaquarist.com ”Updating Marine Fish Acclimation Procedures: Part 1” and it also states that you should keep your QT at the same ph/sg level as your lfs and adjust to your main over time

One of the things that kind of surprised me in the article is that instead of “drip acclimating” new arrivals for 1-3 hours to match the QT it recommended that as soon as you open the bag (releasing co2) to quickly check the ph of the bag and “Then without delay move the fish to a holding tank with a temperature and pH that matches the water in the shipment bag as closely as possible.”
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:38 PM   #17
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just finished reading the article, Interesting, not that I disagree about matching parameters when using one LFS but i frequent three or four different ones and i think that would be a little frustrating to deal with, I have been using the "drip" method of acclimating which by the way is the best method for me, set it and forget it for a couple of hours... Now my QT is at 1020, I would lower it to 1019 but I think that would do it for me and then drip it...

edit: for years it was get fish home,float to match temp,add a small amount water every ten minutes for one hour then add fish... This has work great for years,then I hear about the drip method (what I use) now this... IMO, I think it a marketing ploy...think of whats the fastest way to match ph? Chemically = $ just my two cents.
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