Clean some of your filter media into a small container taking care to keep any bacteria material harvested in tact (preferably in clumps) and place that material in the filter media in the QT
. Also take a couple lbs of your sandbed and mingle it with the substrate in the QT
. The bacteria tranfered will thrive in the new environment and should multiply rapidly under stable temperature, PH
, and salinity. Cycle the tank with a raw never frozen shrimp placed in a full submerged bottle. Your time should be dramatically reduced. Give the bateria culture a few days to establish before you add the shrimp. Keep in mind that medicine is not always the best treatment with a QT
. I prefer to fight ich and brook with salinity, dips, etc. I recommend you research common disease in your planned livestock and the treatments to better understand the strategy for your QT
. I just fought off a brook infection in two clowns by QTing them and raising the SG
to 1.030 from 1.025 over the course of a week. They were not happy with those conditions but hardy enough to handle it. The brook was cured and they were easily acclimated back to the display. Copper based meds could have easily killed them.
Here's to swimmin with bowlegged women.
Reef with 30G Sump/Fuge Combo
-30G LTAnemonarium with mated porcelain crabs, 10 sexy shrimp, and 2 pink skunks all tied into the other 135G in my system.