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Old 08-20-2003, 09:56 PM   #11
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I would start QTing the fish a couple of three weeks into your cycle. So your idea sounds good Just remeber you will need to keep a very close eye on water parameters with your QT. Without being able to jump start a sponge filter for biological filtration, the ammonia levels are going to rise quickly and your looking at daily water changes to keep the levels in check. You migh see if the LFS will let you begin running a filter on one of their established tanks, for the next week or so


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Old 08-21-2003, 01:47 AM   #12
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Thanks Kevin for the birtdhay wish . Seems like as you get older fewer and fewer people remember.

I would like to understand what you mean by "jump start a sponge filter". Being a newbie here I can only speculate that this means conditioning the filter somehow to take care of the ammonia produced by the fish. Help me out here. What type of basic filter and pump would you recommend for my QT tank. Brand names please.


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I think reefrunner is referring to jumpstarting nitrifying bacteria on a sponge filter for your QT tank. Many people tend to keep their sponge filters in their sump to allow the existing nitrifying bacteria to populate the sponge itself for use when needed. Because you will be starting your QT tank around the same time as your display tank, you will lose the advantage of using existing bacteria ("cycle") from it. Without a "jumpstart" to the sponge filter from an established tank, means you will just have to do daily water changes to keep the ammonia levels in check. HTH.

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