definitely have plenty of water on hand.
, you want the QT
to be as close to the main tank in terms of temp/chemistry as you can to avoid a second stress once the fish comes out of QT
How big is that clear rubbermaid you're going to use for the QT
? If you can swing it without completely draining your tank, I would use all water from your main to fill the QT
. As you said, doing a PWC
. As you need to change the water in the QT
, do the same, drain out 1-2 gallons from the QT
. Take the same amount from the main and re-fill the QT
. Then put new SW
into your main to make up for what you took.
This goes a long way towards keeping the QT
as close to the main in terms of chemistry and will make the final acclimation to the display tank much more successful. Obviously you will have higher levels of Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates but we all know there's a lot more to SW
chemistry than those 3.
and of course... all of that goes out the window if you need to treat the QT
for any ailments.
Be sure your QT
has a few hiding places for the fish. Most folks will just by a couple 4" PVC
elbows and unions for this. Don't use anything porus in case you need to medicate.