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Old 05-22-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hospital tank.

Is there a ratio of cycled water to new water when setting up a hospital tank. Everything Ive read doesn't address this issue. I want enough to prevent a "new cycling" but not so much as to duplicate my DT. Or more specifically how much will keep the tank from a full cycle? If this doesn't make sense I'll drink more beer until it does
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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Water doesn't carry the beneficial bacteria that eats ammonia and waste, that is in the filter media, rocks, sand, even if you put 100% water from your DT into the hospital tank it is not cycled.
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Ok now this doesn't make sense, why put DT water in a hospital tank? Or am I reading these articles wrong?
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There is no reason to put DT water in a hospital tank. Many people believe incorrectly that water is the vessel for beneficial bacterial in your water. You need to have established filter media or rock to avoid a cycle in a QT.
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That makes sense. Every article Ive read recommends putting DT water into the HT. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. It really makes putting sick fish in a HT risky tho. Unestablished filter system is going to cycle (yes?) and that means dealing with ammonia and nitrites. Thank you for you advice.
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No problem, how big is your hospital tank?
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No problem, how big is your hospital tank?
I bought a 40g kit from the LFS, because my tang developed ich. Not dealt with this problem b4 and don't want to lose him. He is clearing up nicely (using the Hypo-salinity approach) but I'm worried about the water. i now find myself testing daily with water changes. I just bought ammo lock (I'm desperate to not let ammonia get outta hand) and am trying it out. Its a sort of feel your way through the dark approach right now.
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I understand, it can be rough when you have to go on the fly. Just be diligent checking the levels and do a lot of PWC if anything arises.
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