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Old 03-30-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Quarantine Process for Powered Blue Tang Questions...

Hi all,

After watching the PBT in the dealer tank for over two weeks, I decided to try this beautiful specimen. I got a 10 gallon tank with basic HOB filter and filled it up with water from the main tank. Readings are WNL except for Nitrate which is at 3 ppm. I put in a big piece of LR and some red algae. Per recommendation of the LFS, I was advised to use "Ick-Attack" instead of "Cooper-Safe" since the later will contaminate the main tank when the fish is transfered (even without water from QT) as I was told. This morning, he got ICK all over and the bottle says that it is reef safe with "herbal" ingredients. I have never had any luck with herbal stuff so I think Coopersafe may be more effective? So should I leave this alone or should I replace with some water (new or from main tank?) then try Coppersafe?

I know I am gonna to take a beating at this but my main tank is as follows:

1. 125 gallon with 20 gallon Sump (red and green Caulepra algae and 24 hours lighting).
2. Marine land 100 gallon rated skimmer, 3 Kora powerheads, 3 blue and 3 white T5 bubs (Nova extreme).
3. 3 Toad stools, one candy cane, one pulsating xena, 3 finger corals, 2 green bulb looking corals, one green star polyp.
4. 4 green chromis, 8 yellow tail damels, 1 yellow wrasse, one blenny, one foxface, 4 tomato clowns, one Pajama cardinal, one mardarine fish, one fire shrimp, 2 cleaner shrimp, two urchins.
4. 20 gallon PWC every two weeks.

The highest Nitrate ever recorded is 20. Everytime, after PWC of 20 gallons, the Nitrate drops to 3 ppm. There corals are doing fine except the Toadstools that at time go into retreat for many days. There are pink algae all over the rocks and thriving. I give Iodine drop every other day.

OK, with that please advise me on my QT protocol and comment on my set up with the future PBT tenant. Thanks Dai
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What size is the tang. 10g seems awfully small. With a fish and food added, I think you're in for a constant battle with the nitrates. Are you testing for ammonia also? I would for the heck of it.

BTW, why are you dosing iodine? A good rule of thumb IMO is not to dose anything you cannot test for. Rely on your water changes more for those supplements.

I think you've picked one of the most sensitive tangs. Any stress at all seems to spot them right up so I hear.
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What size is the tang. 10g seems awfully small. With a fish and food added, I think you're in for a constant battle with the nitrates. Are you testing for ammonia also? I would for the heck of it.

BTW, why are you dosing iodine? A good rule of thumb IMO is not to dose anything you cannot test for. Rely on your water changes more for those supplements.

I think you've picked one of the most sensitive tangs. Any stress at all seems to spot them right up so I hear.
The tang is 4 inches. I was told to dose "Iodine every other day and do it consistently..." Bad advise? Can you outline a correct QT protol for the PBT? Thanks Dai
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Yes. Bad advise on the iodine. Unless you're doing SPS and need calcium dosing, I'f rely ONY on your partial water changes to replenish your vital nutrients.

4 inches is a fish worth about a 29g tank in my opinion. Same footprint as a 20g, but more forgiving water volume.

You're not only QTing this fish now, but you gotta treat for the ick. Hyposalinty is recommended a lot. I've never done it. Check out the articles section at this site. I believe it has articles on both. QT tank and hypo treatments

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