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Old 07-04-2011, 02:42 AM   #1
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Hospital tank / quarantine question

Thanks to carey's recent adventures (sorry Carey! ) I've decided to quarantine everything I bring in.

I have a 10g with HOB filter and small heater that keeps temp at 78F that I bought for the sole purpose of a hospital tank.

Some questions:

1) What to keep as substrate while the fish are in there? Will PVC pipes do? Just to give them something to hide in.

2) Should I run an airstone? This could keep the surface of the water agitated to promote gas exchange.

3) How long to keep the new fish or corals in there? 1 week? 2?

4) Could I just run copper and/or quick cure on new fish just *in case* during their time in quarantine. Any ill effects?

5) What should I look for during quarantine?

6) What if I get a fish that is rated for NO LESS THAN 55 gallons. Will it be fine during it's time in my 10g?

7) How to clean it after/before uses?

Thanks a lot. A lot of questions I know.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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1 : barebottom, PVC is fine
2: definitely
3: 2 weeks for me
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:25 AM   #3
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1 : barebottom, PVC is fine
2: definitely
3: 2 weeks for me
4: no ill effects, although using a tank dosed with copper to qt coral is a nono
5: anything abnormal, mainly parasites and ich.
6: yeah it'll be fine
7: I rinse and clean mine with bleach, the wash and scrub until I can smell no bleach, no soap! If it's just ich however, I just leave it to dry out, but bleach is a surefire way to kill anything in it
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:37 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for your input!
Other thoughts/opinions welcome.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:44 AM   #5
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I'd just like to add that it's extremely useful to have extra filter material that's been cycled from another tank just for the sole use for a qt, then sterilize that after use if there's anything wrong with the fish or god forbid it dies, so you won't add the extra stress from having an uncycled tank to your new fish
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:09 AM   #6
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I'm in the market to set up a permanent QT, still might use the 55g since its empty but for some sand and maybe 15lbs of rock.

If I need to treat I figure I'll move it to a 10g.

Or should I skip the trip to the 55g and put them straight in a 10g?

The next fish I think I wanna get is a school of blue reef chromis. Not sure how theyd fare in a 10g
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #7
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I use a 30g tote with 4 4in elbow's a heater a 50/50 light and and a UV sterilizer no rock no sand it's marked as QT use only I keep a small HOB filter on my DT filled with poly-fill No cycle this way or mini cycle at the most
Everything but coral gets QT'ed for 4 weeks min. when im done it gets broken down and cleaned with white vinegar the poly-fill is tossed and after the filter is cleaned and dry it go's back on the DT waiting for next time I soak every thing for 2 days in the vinegar water mix iv'e done this for the past 7 yrs with no loss of life
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So if i just throw the filter floss from my HOB filter for the QT tank into my sump it'll turn into a biological filter for my QT tank?
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OK, so, I've got the system up and running and I dumped some bleach in it because I had some sick clowns in there before.

I guess I'll let it run overnight and then try to wash it out as thoroughly as i can and then stick the filter media in my sump.
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