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Old 05-15-2004, 02:48 AM   #21
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:23 PM   #22
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When I am treating with the cupramine for the first time, do I treat the water first, or treat it after the fish have been acclimated to the qt?
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I would acclimate the fish first and begin treatment. I believe the directions say 2 drops per gallon for 48 hrs and them 2 more drops per gallon there after for a theraputic dose of 4 drops per gallon, or .5 ppm.
I would begin treastment right after you get them in. You do have sea chems multitest kit right? To help control the level of copper when at full strength, dose your change water.
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Yes I hve a test kit. Im thinking about a fw dip, what do you think?

Also could I do a fw dip with just chlorine treated water?

And...All I could get was a 20g tank. I'm going to take all 20g out of the main tank, so it is less shock to the fish. For filtration on my main tank I have an emporor 400 and 105pds of live rock. Would it be wise to remove the emporor from the main tank and place it in use on the 20g since all my fish are going there?

Would the lr be enough filtration for the inverts and anemone's that are in the main tank?
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Old 05-15-2004, 07:19 PM   #25
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Well they are in QT. Should I move the emporor over?

I put some dark blue poster board on the back and side of the tank.

Here is the tank:

20g
5 fish
pvc parts for hiding
air pump
small powerhead moving the water around the top.
small filter that came with my 10g tank
thermomoter
heater

Am I missing anything?
Is this to much water flow? (there is alot of bubbles in the tank.

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Well they need a filter, but so does your main. You didn't get a small filter with the qt tank?
Maybe an advisor can chime in here, but I wouldn't want to use your main filter with any copper. Call me paranoid, but I would run out for a small filter for your qt.
Your fish do need water movement, especially with that bioload.
I just use a small trickle filter and an airstone for extra oxygenation while treating with meds.
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Check the previous post again, quarryshark. I edited it. Tell me what you think.

Also what should I do as far a maintenence of the qt, and how regular?

Feed the same?
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Actually it looks good to me.
With that many fish you will want to check ammonia and nitrite daily, these are the 2 items that will give you fits. Your levels will dictate the water change regiment. Also feed lightly to keep these levels down.
Lot of work, I know. But its worth it when you put healthy fish back in you main.
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Thanks your right. This will all be worth it once it's over. We have marked the calendar to a date 4 weeks from now, when will start thinking about returning them. Probably more like 5 to 6 weeks. It will be alot of work. But I'll do anything for my little buddies. Especially qt for 3 weeks any new addition.

If a level is up when I test, what would you recommend doing? Waterchange, how much?

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Depends how high. Ammonia and nitrite are inevitable during a qt. The goal is to fight them and keep them down.
I have 2 heni butterflys (3") in a 10 gallon qt tank right now. I change 2 gallons every day or every other day (20%) depending on my tests. I am usually battling a .25-.5 level of ammonia. If its higher you would change a little more. Don't know if there is a "rule of thumb", but its kept my fish healthy.
You also want to be careful not to change too much as it can stress them. It's a fine line, you'll figure it out.
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