I just went through this and heres my advice..If you CAN, go with a 20 gallon for starters....makes it a lot easier as far as water stability and you will be thankful you did down the line. I bought a bunch of PVC
fittings at Home depot and threw them in the tank. I have a biowheel filter and an airstone....dont necessarily have to have this...just me. I have a 100 W heater as well.
Also on starting the tank...if you have a main system that has been established for a few months and cycled, then use the water from the main. If not then either get some LR
and put in there to cycle. However, dont make the mistake I made. I left the LR
in there along with the fish for 2 weeks. Then the fish showed up with ick so I yanked all of the LR
out and put it in my main. Little did I think that this will really screw with the levels as you no longer have the LR
as filteration. I ran my QT
tank 2-3 weeks before adding fish.
Make sure if you add a spounge back from the QT
tank that you have not run any meds through it. If it were me, anything from the QT
I would either dispose of (spounge) or clean really well if you break it down...I keep 2 spounges in my main sump in the event I need one for the QT
now or later.
I have read 4-6 weeks QT
and I think most people on here say the same...It took mine 2 weeks before they showed any signs of ick...Cleaner crews I have never QT
and dont know why you would need to.