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Old 08-12-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Are there any special requirements for a SW quarantine tank? I think I need to separate my maroon clown as he seems to have a white spot on him that wasnt there before. Not to mention I should have a qt setup anyway

I have a spare 5 gallon I'm going to use for now
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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A 5 is kinda small especially when you consider salinity swing due to evaporation. Best tank imo for a QT is a 20 high (since its still a small footprint but decent amount of water) but all you need really is a HOB, heater, and some pvc to hide in.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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yea i know it's a bit small, but that's all I have right now, and I truly need to find the space for something like a 20.

can i use substrate or no? I only ask because I have a little bit of crushed coral I want to use up. If not that's fine too.
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Your better off not using it so you can clean up debris easier since this is a QT you want prestine water quality.
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Also, if you add copper to,treat ich, it'll kill whatever bacteria is in the sand. Go bare bottom, easier in the long run...good luck
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:33 AM   #6
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yea I got to thinking about it and decided bare bottom is best.

I'm not sure what's on the clown, could be ich but not sure, its not multiple white spots I'm used to seeing on freshwater fish, it's one spot, just before his first stripe on the right side, pretty noticeable. he's been hiding sort of under one of the rocks, but he does come out when i put food on the top.

i have some pimafix (or melafix, cant remember which) that I once used in my freshwater a few months ago. can that be used? or do I just need to goto the store and get the right stuff?
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The proper treatment for ich is cupramine or copper safe, or other copper based medication. You will also need a copper test kit to make sure your copper concentration is a therapeutic level. Should run you less than 15-20 for both depending on the store and kits used.
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But the thing is, I'm not certain this is even ich
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But I did buy copper safe since it supposedly covers other things
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Can you post a pic? Also, if it looks like salt or sugar on the fish, it's ich...you'll be able to tell for,sure...it is always good to have on hand. The only things that happen quickly are bad things... Good luck!!
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