Originally Posted by flipper0512
Sorry. I'm thinking about pulling everyone to a new qt/hospital tank for id the dt of ick, and then ensure qt for all new fish - kind of a start over. Seeing my DT is still new I want to carry over as much BB as I can. I was wondering if while going fishless in the DT do I need to run mechanical filtration or if the protein skimmer will be enough, and for how long. There will be a few invert left but no fish. It is a 90 gallon and the skimmer is a bh2000. My mechanical is an AC110, and this is what I want to place on the QT/hospital.
Would that be enough BB for kick start the hospital tank or will I cycle?
I'm looking at a 40 breeder.
are you going to be treating the quarantine tank with copper or similar medications?
if not than I wouldn't move anything over from the suspect DT for fear of transferring the parasites as well, especially in the filter media where they are more likely to be trapped.
whether or not your filter will suffice in the QT depends on the stocking load, but I'm going to make the assumption of no, it will not be enough.
frequent water changes are the most sure fire way to maintain quality in a quarantine tank.
with just a few inverts left in the DT, good water circulation should suffice if the live rock is still viable.