Can't think of anything your missing for the QT
except for some pvc
pipe & elbow pieces that you can pick up @ home depot for hiding spots, don't think that you need a 55g for a QT
, maybe just a 20g long would suffice, you will also need a heater.
Are you using copper or hypo-salinity for your QT
treatment? If copper, than you need to turn off or not use the UV
due to the UV
light changes the property of the copper. (Also the protein skimmer if copper is used) You can have the UV
running @ all other times though I think you might want a slightly lower flow rate than 260 gph
Since the QT
is unestablished & you might be using copper, than not having a biological bed is no big thing, you just need to monitor the NH3
levels every other day during treatment. Be prepared with aged pre-mixed saltwater for 30% changes, hence the 20g vs 55g. You will also need to adjust the copper content.
I'm guessing that you might be going the route of Hypo due to the mandarin and goby's non affliction towards copper, if so disregard the UV
& protein skimmer comment.
As for hooking up your UV
in the main tank inline with your Mag, that would definitely be too much flow, you would need to pipe in a diverter with a ball valve to control the flow to the UV
. Then I would suggest a flow meter to see how much flowrate is going to the UV
. For all that hassle & cost, you can just do what I did on my 90g with sump: order a fluval 104 (106 gph
) for $54 & run my 18 watt CSL UV
@ a low flow rate for a higher "kill rate". It also serves as my carbon placement. (Carbon is more effective when water is pushed through it rather than flow around it)