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Old 03-15-2004, 11:56 AM   #11
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-So (1) Percula Clownfish and (1) Sharknose Goby Gobiosoma evelynae should do fine? How should I introduce them [after the cycle]...which one first?
The goby first. It always best to introduce the least aggressive first but you will also need to QT the fish. A simple 5-10 gal tank or rubbermaid bin will do. Read the >>quarantine<< article for more info. It is quite an important step.

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-Hmm... just for my own reference:P, could you maybe find a site with a picture of eggcrate so I know exactly what I'm looking for? That would certainly help!


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-With the intended clean-up crew: 1 Cleaner Shrimp and 6 Astrea Snails (i think im gonna stay away from hermits... to avoid the chance they'd chown down on the snails ?) Is that a sufficient cleanup crew? Additions?
Personally I would skip the astraeas and go with 1-2 nassarius, 1-2 cerith and 2-3 nerite or margarita snails. Much better mix and all will contribute to the health of the tank. The shrimp will also be a good addition.

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-With the MoonLite(s) mentioned in my to-get list, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produ...0&N=2004+113030 (the moonlight that screws into the lamp) would I leave the moonlite plugged in all the time and only have the Main lamp on a timer?
I would set all of them on a timer. Your link does not lead anywhere so I cannot view the item. If the lights have seperate ballasts, you can have the actinic come on in the morning and then an hour or so later the daylight. They can then be set to go off in the reverse order. Just before the actinics go off at night you can have the moonlights come on. They can be left running all night and shut off when the actinics come on in the AM or for whatever length you want.


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And with (2) Mini Jet 606 Powerheads and an Aquaclear (MINI or 150) for flow, would that be too much [Any other Powerhead suggestions?]
Actually I think that would be just fine for a 10 gal tank. I have a 606 and a HOB for my 5 gal and it's plenty of flow.

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Old 03-15-2004, 12:27 PM   #12
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Wow... that was again more than helpful

Here's a pic of the Moonlite you couldn't access the site to:
Just screw the light onto the Lamp and plug it into a timer, correct?

I read the QT article, and its certainly informative. However, I don't think I can accomodate even another 10g tank (space) [yes, even though I can take it down] so could I just use a rubbermaid container as you suggested? The article describes quarantining with a 10g tank, so could you possibly describe the differences in using a rubbermaid?
Since I won't have a sump in the 10g nanoreef, how could I use the pump/sponge, to transfer it into the rubbermaid QT 'tank' ??
And BTW, the q-tank rubbermaid water is saltwater, mixed just like the water in my tank, right?
And if the water is salt, and the fish shall be in the rubbermaid QT tank for "3 weeks", do I need a powerhead in there along with a heater ?

It's a lot of questions, I know. (sorry!)


Hmm. I've read of many people who, instead of quaranting (i think), put their newly-bought Marine fish into a dechlorinated FW dip for 150 secs??? Yes? No?

And should I add something like Melafix when I finally introduce my new fish into the 'display tank'?
And while I'm asking that, should I use any other additives in the display tank at all? Perhaps for corals when I get them or anything?


Thanks again soo much!!!!
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Old 03-15-2004, 04:52 PM   #13
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Just screw the light onto the Lamp and plug it into a timer, correct?
Yup!! Incorporate it into the hood where it will be most effective. On a 10 gal depending on length you will most likely need one or two.

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I read the QT article, and its certainly informative. However, I don't think I can accomodate even another 10g tank (space) [yes, even though I can take it down] so could I just use a rubbermaid container as you suggested? The article describes quarantining with a 10g tank, so could you possibly describe the differences in using a rubbermaid?
As long as the container is large enough, dose not leech toxins and holds water, it really makes no difference what you use as a QT. Rubbermaid totes are cheap and will do the job the same as a tank would. Should only cost about $10.00 at the hardware store.

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Since I won't have a sump in the 10g nanoreef, how could I use the pump/sponge, to transfer it into the rubbermaid QT 'tank' ??
You can pick up an additional HOB or use the one you have now. Just use some media to allow the cultivation of bacteria. Filter floss, carbon or the like will do. Just be sure the QT is never treated with meds or the filter will need to remain for the QT only.

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And BTW, the q-tank rubbermaid water is saltwater, mixed just like the water in my tank, right?
And if the water is salt, and the fish shall be in the rubbermaid QT tank for "3 weeks", do I need a powerhead in there along with a heater ?
Yes to all the above but I would go a full 4 weeks in a quarantine. Three is not always enough to be sure. The extra PH may not be needed for the short term but be sure to monitor the ph regularly and add a PH if the ph has trouble staying above 8.0

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Hmm. I've read of many people who, instead of quaranting (i think), put their newly-bought Marine fish into a dechlorinated FW dip for 150 secs??? Yes? No?
Not a big fan of it myself and personally find it does not do much unless the fish is infested quite heavily. In most cases if the fish has a parasite problem and treatment is implemented soon after, the dip is not going to add any extra benefit. If you do decide on a dip, add some methylene blue as well. It will at least greatly reduce the stress to fish while helping with any bacterial issues, possible cyanide poisoning and such. Also be sure the FW dip is the same temp and ph as the QT it will be housed in.

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And should I add something like Melafix when I finally introduce my new fish into the 'display tank'?
No need. If all goes well from the QT to the main tank the fish will not need anything chemically. Just be sure the fish are fed vitamin fortified foods and keep the water specs in line.

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And while I'm asking that, should I use any other additives in the display tank at all? Perhaps for corals when I get them or anything?
The smaller the tank the less likely or advised this will be. I would just stick to weekly water changes for the time being. Once the tank matures and may be ready for stony corals some months down the road, you might need some alk/ca additives but that is some time off.

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Old 03-15-2004, 05:31 PM   #14
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How's this for a "Coles Notes" version for quarantining?

Quarantine Tank:
10g tank
50w Heater
Powerhead (if pH doesn't stay at 8.2 in Q-tank--monitor)
Eggcrate material lid
-Hold wanted fish at pet store
-Run a HOB Filter [with filter floss media] on the display tank for a week
-Fill q-tank with water from Display tank
-Add ornaments for fish to hide (Pipes)
-After a week, transfer HOB to Q-tank
Adding fish to q-tank:
-Acclimate normally, drip q-tank water into bag until 4x amount of original water
-Net fish into Q-tank
-Leave there for 3-4 wks.

Taking down Q-Tank:
-Add a cup of bleach, let it run for Half an hour
-Add de-chlorinator (AquaPlus good? And how much do I add?)
-Drain and let air-dry
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..What about feeding fish in Qtank? What foods should I feed them?
..Should I perform weekly water changes in Qtank?
..What do I do with the Q-tank's HOB filter when I take it down?
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Old 03-15-2004, 06:15 PM   #15
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Oh along with the others, one more question about qtanks

After I bleach and take down the Q-Tank after using it for a SW fish, could I (maybe after rinsing it out with tap water a few times as well ?) use it as a q-tank for FW fish ??? I'm guessing the same procedure would apply except for the HOB filter ? (I would have to get another one to use for fw quarantining ?)
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Old 03-15-2004, 06:52 PM   #16
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How's this for a "Coles Notes" version for quarantining?
Excellent

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Taking down Q-Tank:
-Add a cup of bleach, let it run for Half an hour
-Add de-chlorinator (AquaPlus good? And how much do I add?)
-Drain and let air-dry


After I bleach and take down the Q-Tank after using it for a SW fish, could I (maybe after rinsing it out with tap water a few times as well ?) use it as a q-tank for FW fish ??? I'm guessing the same procedure would apply except for the HOB filter ? (I would have to get another one to use for fw quarantining ?
When you clean out the quarantine, you can simpley empty and let air dry for a few days. You really only need to steralize if it will be needed right away. Once the QT has remained completely dried for a week, nothing will have survived. Remember, bacteria only needs a bit of moisture to survive but is also ph/temp dependant. It really does not take that much to kill it. Any parasites would be eradicted almost immediately as well.

If you do opt for the bleach, empty the QT and fill with fresh water. Add bleach @10FW:1Cl. Allow to sit for a few hours, empty and refill with FW and add a good dechlorinator to that. Allow a few more hours to pass, empty and allow to air dry for a few days in the sun if possible. Once steralized it can be used for another application. If you do use it as a FW QT, be sure there are no incompatible meds that could affect future fish such as copper or antibiotics.

As far as a dechlorinator, I personally use Seachems Prime as it does not contain aloe.

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..What about feeding fish in Qtank? What foods should I feed them?
..Should I perform weekly water changes in Qtank?
Feed them the same you would if they where in the main tank but much less. Feeding every other day sparingly is best and as I said be sure the foods are properly fortified. Once feeding is done, take a small airline tubing (attached to a rigid line if possible) and syphon out any uneaten foods and detritus. That will greatly cut down on water quality issues. Water changes may actually need to be done daily depending on how much bateria is colonized but if all the water specs check out, I would still do one twice a week to be sure DOC is kept down. If the fish gets a bacterial infection, any amount of organics in the water is just fuel for the fire. It's always good to have a least one water change sitting ready just in case.


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..What do I do with the Q-tank's HOB filter when I take it down?
Depends on if any treatment where used but I would still be sure to air dry it a few days and toss any media used. No sense in taking any chances. If you use any meds, might be an idea to just reserve the HOB as a QT only filter to prevent mishaps down the road. If copper is used at any point then it should definately remain QT filter.

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Old 03-15-2004, 07:13 PM   #17
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When you say, "Add bleach @10FW:1Cl" ...What does that mean?? lol

And when you say to siphon the leftover food etc with airline tubing, what exactly do you mean? What do I have to do to siphon with airline tubing?


Hmm.
If I were to use the Qtank for a SW fish, then do the bleach cleaning method and leave it for a couple of weeks persay, could I just use it then as a FW Qtank?



......And does a QTank need lighting?!?
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:42 PM   #18
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When you say, "Add bleach @10FW:1Cl" ...What does that mean?? lol
For every 10 gal of water, add 1 gal of bleach . 10:1 means dilute 10 parts to 1.


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And when you say to siphon the leftover food etc with airline tubing, what exactly do you mean? What do I have to do to siphon with airline tubing?
If you can find the rigid airline tubing and attach it to the flexible airtubing like the kind used for airstones, it will make syphoning things out of the tank much easier without removing alot of water volume. It is also much less intrusive to the fish and minimizes stress. If that doesn't ring a bell I can post a pic when I get home.. 8)

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Hmm.
If I were to use the Qtank for a SW fish, then do the bleach cleaning method and leave it for a couple of weeks persay, could I just use it then as a FW Qtank?
Yes but as I said be careful with any meds that may not crossover well if they leech from the QT materials.

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......And does a QTank need lighting?!?
Not needed at all really. Ambient room light is usually plenty and will also reduce stress without overhead light.

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Old 03-15-2004, 08:06 PM   #19
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The airline tubing siphoning isn't quite ringing a bell lol... :P Pic would def help!


How would I do water changes with the two SW tanks? (the q-tank and the display tank) ... ???
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:13 PM   #20
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The airline tubing siphoning isn't quite ringing a bell lol... :P Pic would def help!
I will post a pic in a few hours unless soemone beats me to it.


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How would I do water changes with the two SW tanks? (the q-tank and the display tank) ... ???
Seperately. It's fine to use the main tanks water on the initial fill but do not use it for water changes. Mix enough for each tank seperately and be sure each has the temp, salinity, ph and alk matched as best as possible. If treating anything in the QT you will also need to match salinity more carefully if treating with hyposalinity or add copper to the change water if treating that way. I would make sure you label each pail (if using that) as QT only or main tank only. That way you will not get them confused and inadvertantly add a toxin to the display tank.

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