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Old 09-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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quarantine tank

So I have been doing tons orly research before my wife and I start our tank as well as ask a couple question on this forum but the idea of a quarantine tank confuses me. I know they play an important step into making sure your main display stays healthy. How do you set one of these up quickly or do most people just have a cycled second tank just running 24/7?
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Most people have extra tanks that they set up when necessary. I myself have one that I run 24/7. Get yourself a 20 gal. tank get a hob filter a heater a couple of pieces of pvc pipe for hiding and you'll be set up. Watch for ammonia and nitrite build ups as it won't be cycled so you'll need to do water changes a s needed. Others may have other things to add.
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So live sand and rock isn't needed for a quarantine tank? It's basically heated salt water?
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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I keep the black bio pad for my QT in my main sump. When I need a QT I set the tank up and add it to the filter. Boom, instantly cycled bio filter. Granted I still watch for any spikes in case the BB is not enough for the bioload in the QT.
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Do you use fresh mixed Rodi water or water from display tank?
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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Fresh mixed.
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No sand or rock although I do have some rock in my qt tank.
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Ingy did have a good point that I forgot you can use a sponge or filter pad from your main tank to seed the qt.
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When I recently QT'd my new tang, I added some rock rubble from my sump. As long as you don't carry out any treatments it's OK. But if there ends up being an outbreak of ick in the QT, don't put the filter and rocks back into the DT or sump. They may be contaminated with ick. I would leave them out and let them dry for a couple months to kill any issues before adding them back to the system.
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Thank you all for answering my questions
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