Originally Posted by CementShoes
Couldn't disagree more.
a) the main tank has a much greater water volume to be able to 'keep the parameters in check'. More volume = more dillution , less chance of a bad water change, tank continues to cycle (though not under the best of circumstance).
b) There is no QT setup, no movable filter established so why move the fish to somewhere where the pollution will increase much faster and need much more oversight than the main.
c) The main is already, to some extent, bacteria established since the blenny and damsel were in there before (an assumption from the info provided). So now we need to move the clown, damsel, blenny and star to an uncycled, never before setup minimum water volume qt? IMO
a death sentence.
I agree QT is always an option but not the best ASAP option if it's not planned for ahead.
Either way the situation is not a good one. Darned if you do and darned if you don't. I'm with Roka. In either case the tank needs constant monitoring which it does not seem to be getting. About the volume, you are right to a certain degree with an established tank but i watched my 120 go from OK to off the charts overnight (Ammonia & Nitrites) when cycling (which we are not sure of if the tank is in this case and assuming isn't). I made the mistake of using fish to cycle my 44 gal
cichlid and was at one point doing 50 % PWC
's twice a day which was a bear to do (2 weeks of this). At that time I wasn't aware of fishless cycling, now I am and will never do it again. As far as the salinity reading if he i using a hydrometer it may be much lower than what he posted, I have a brand new one from IO and had my water at 1.023 SG
according to my Hydrometer. Before I put anything in the tank I took a sample to my LFS
where he informed me that my SG
was 1.016, then I went to three others to verify this discrepancy and the other SG
's ranged from 1.016 to 1.019. If this is the case with TNTfish his reading could be as low as 1.012 due to errors in the device. I'm in the process of ordering a refractometer because of this. In order for me to keep an SG
of 1.023 my hydro need to read 1.028 to .030.
In any case there is no replacing due diligence and what ever can be done to help out the fish and tank should be done regardless of which method employed. Either way it's going to require a huge amount of effort on TNTfish's part to correct the problem. Who knows, maybe everything is OK with the tank and the fish is just sick.