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Old 03-12-2012, 01:46 PM   #171
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Alright I store about 30 gallons of water in a brute trash can. I mix my saltwater a few hours before my water change some times overnight. I use a water pitcher to fill the tank back up so it slowly mixes all the water and doesn't create a sand storm. My water is stored in the trash can for a week. I do 10 gallon water change on my 55 salt and 15 Gallons on my 55gfreshwater and have 5 gallons of water for evaporation each week.
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I keep a ton of distilled on hand. I have 3 5 gal buckets and endless milk jugs. I mix my water up over night with a powerhead and heater. I do my water change through my sump so not to disturb my DT. I have about a gallon of evap a day.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:59 PM   #173
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I keep a ton of distilled on hand. I have 3 5 gal buckets and endless milk jugs. I mix my water up over night with a powerhead and heater. I do my water change through my sump so not to disturb my DT. I have about a gallon of evap a day.
What size tank do you have again?
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36, cycling my 55.
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You can store water for as long as needed as far as I know as long as it has lids.

I always make more then needed.
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Yeah, I store it with a lid for long periods of time. Never know what you'll have an emergency.
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New question!!

How do you quarantine new fish when you bring them home? Do you keep a small tank up and running all the time or something?
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #178
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I just set my qt tank up when I need it with a small hang on spounge filter and a piece of 3" pvc for the fish to hide in if they feel the need. I just mix up some fresh saltwater everytime I need it. It works well. I just make sure the saltwater matches the salinity of my dt. Other people might leave it set up all the time but I have no need for that. As for pwc on my dt I have a mark on the side of my tank and I got a small drill operated pump from menards and some rubber hose from ace hardware and I pump it out and then reverse the direction on my drill and pump it back in out of my 5 gal bucket. It works great. To keep fish from getting sucked up in it I put one of those nylon traps that zip tie on the end of the hose that are supposed to be used for a clothes washer. I built the whole thing for $20 and it took 20 min to put together.
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I just set my qt tank up when I need it with a small hang on spounge filter and a piece of 3" pvc for the fish to hide in if they feel the need. I just mix up some fresh saltwater everytime I need it. It works well. I just make sure the saltwater matches the salinity of my dt. Other people might leave it set up all the time but I have no need for that. As for pwc on my dt I have a mark on the side of my tank and I got a small drill operated pump from menards and some rubber hose from ace hardware and I pump it out and then reverse the direction on my drill and pump it back in out of my 5 gal bucket. It works great. To keep fish from getting sucked up in it I put one of those nylon traps that zip tie on the end of the hose that are supposed to be used for a clothes washer. I built the whole thing for $20 and it took 20 min to put together.
But the qt tank isn't cycled right? I thought you'd have to qt them in a cycled tank. How many days do they stay in the qt tank?

Also, I guess you have to acclimate them to the qt tank and then acclimate them to your dt when you put them in there?

Do you need to qt snails and crabs or can you just drip acclimate them and put them in the dt?


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No the water isn't cycled. I only leave them in there for 24 hours or so. Just to see how theyh are doing. If all is good into the dt they go. I personally don't qt my inverts I just drip them then add them right to the dt. And yes you need to acclimate the fish to both the qt and the dt just to make sure everything is on par. Also don't forget a heater in the qt. I forgot to say that before. Most fish and notice I said most are more sensitive to temp change than minor salinity changes. But just to make sure all is well acclimate them to the dt as well. Also make sure the temps are as close as possible. I keep mine between 78 and 80 degrees.
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