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Old 03-03-2005, 06:57 AM   #1
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Quarantine

Hi Guys,

I've had an empty quarantine running for a few months now, with a filter in it and 4 large PVC tubes for bacteria (and a heater).

I've been dropping in food every 2-3 days.

There's been just one waterchange done in it since it was started about 4 months ago, so therefore there's a lot of rotted food stuck to the bottom and on the fittings etc. (just looks like brown powder, it was frozen gamma/mysis etc.). This will be almost impossible to get out, so it'd have to stay in there.

I'm just wondering, if I now do a 50% waterchange, do you think I'll still be ok to use the QT for a new fish?

I havent tested my readings for a couple of months, but the last time I checked ammonia was 0 and nitrite was about 2. I just checked today, and ammonia is 0 and nitrite is also 0. pH is fine and so is SG.

After the waterchange, do you think I'll be ok to go ahead with putting a new fish in it? It's 15gal by the way.

Cheers!

Mark
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Old 03-03-2005, 08:49 AM   #2
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I think it should be fine... The food acted as a protein for the bacterial action. Without the food rotting your beneficial bacteria would have died and you would have had problems using the tank as a QT for any period of time. Just don't overload it...
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:07 AM   #3
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I'm just going to put one small fish in (Royal Gramma).

I guess the fish wont eat the rotten food thats in there??
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