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Old 08-29-2004, 01:03 PM   #11
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Also try not to rely on artificial biostarters. Most if not all are useless and do not do what they claim. As previously stated, water changes are the best means of controlling toxin water conditions.

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Old 08-29-2004, 01:38 PM   #12
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Okie, well I don't want a raw shrimp in my bedroom! :P

What's the best way for me to start the QT cycle?
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Old 08-29-2004, 01:56 PM   #13
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If you have a seeded sponge or other biomaterial to transfer, adding small bits of food (flake/pellet) should do well enough. The idea of seeding is to transfer bacteria so after that all you need do is feed it so the bacteria gain in number. Using the shrimp method cultivates bacteria from square one which is unneccessary when seeding.

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If you are getting your livestock from an lfs that has excellent quaranting procedure do you really need to qt them again when you bring them home?
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I did not have much luck with adding small bits of food to keep the culture going. There was a 2 week period that my QT was empty and I added some flakes about 3 times which I guess wasn't enough. I had a .5ppm ammonia spike followed by a .5 ppm nitrite spike and my new Royal Gramma didn't make it (Maybe unrelated but I felt terrible anyway). Make sure you have plenty of aged SW ready to go just in case. I did the emergency water changes which may have made things worse.
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If you are getting your livestock from an lfs that has excellent quaranting procedure do you really need to qt them again when you bring them home?
If you have a LFS that will QT a fish for you by itself I would say you probably don't need it. But as soon as that fish comes in contact with another fish all bets are off. It would be worth paying a premium price if you could actually see their holding tanks and trust that they are not cutting corners.
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MarkW19, I don't know what your situation is but I just started my QT before my display tank was running (so the fish would be ready about the same time the main tank was) and I started the cycle (in a 20 gal) with a 5 pound chunk of LR. The ammonia never got higher than .25--same with nitrites--but it did take a month to cycle. I have the QT in my bedroom, too, and I couldn't deal with sleeping by a rotting shrimp, either! I fed the rock a few flakes every 3-4 days.
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Phases 99 There is a fish store that I have found that actually lets you see there qt facility. It is excellent.
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Phases 99 There is a fish store that I have found that actually lets you see there qt facility. It is excellent.
It almost sounds too good to be true. The fish is still going to be stressed from bagging and acclimating into a new environment. I'm curious to see what some of the longtime AA'ers have to say about this.
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I just emailed the place Atari recommended to me, Oasis Aquariums, and they said:-

"all our livestock is from TMC and is quarantined prior to us collecting it (all hand picked by ourselves) we then quarantine it again form 3-7 days depending on the type of fish some settle far faster than others".

What do you guys think to this?
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