When a QT is set up without being seeded somehow, the water quality must be monitored very well. You must also be very careful of feeding and types of foods fed. It is also a good idea to syphon out any uneaten foods as soon as possible. Having a newly set up QT is no different than a new tank. The water parameters will do exactly the same thing baring a bacterial transfer and even then must still be watched.
Even if the PH
is a lower GPH
, a weakened fish may not be able to get away from it especially if it is starved for O2
in a high NH3
environment. A pre-filter sponge would be a great idea for all types of exposed intakes. In the quarantine article
it highly recommends running an unmedicated sponge filter for a few days ( a week would be better) in the main diplay tank to colonize the neccessary bacteria to aid in the nitrification of the more toxic water specs. I would highly recommend re-reading the QT article. You should also not use the main displays water for water changes, only in the initial set up. You are in effect just trading DOC
's and other elements that will affect water quality. It is best to use properly mixed new SW
and possible add an ammonia binder to help with the NH3
. This will be far more effective at diluting the toxic elements and reducing the DOC
that will surely decrease water quality if not removed.