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Old 06-17-2011, 02:03 PM   #11
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We place ours in the filter box. Simply because our filter and pump has a
Space for it. The idea is to already have established biological media (live bacteria) available somewhere in the tank to prevent a cycle in your QT tank. We place the square pad into the sump and then allow it time to grow the needed bacteria. We change it out every so often to keep it from becoming a nitrate factory. If (or when) we need to set up a QT tank, we aren't then scrambling to find live filter media to run the tank.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:05 PM   #12
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which compartment do you suggest keeping a backup filter sponge in? I have the intake with the skimmer refugium and return pump section.

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Carey .. Ours is in the sump "compartment" with our skimmer.
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ahh ok thanks. I really should get on that lol
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Thanks so much.....last question, you said you did this so that you wouldn't cause a cycle in the qt. If I use the water from my sump, isn't it already"cycled"? Sorry for all the questions but I haven't lost a fish yet and I don't intend too....
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Water from your sump or display tank is good. It is far less harsh than newly mixed saltwater. Less chemical issues there. But water doesn't really contain much bacteria. The beneficial bacteria grows on LR or in filters (filter balls, filter floss, filter pads, etc). Live rock is a good natural filter because it is porous and has lots of places for bacteria to live and convert ammonia. Man made filters work about the same way and there are lots of people who argue the benefit one way or the other. But water alone will not provide you with the appropriate amount of bacteria to prevent a cycle in a new tank. That's were the filter pads come in. Some people go buy them (or they give them away) from their LFS or a friend when they need to set up a quarantine tank. My LFS is an hour away so I keep my own. It's simple preventative practice.
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Huh? Ummm... Thanks.
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I qt everything except for corals because the lighting on my qt would probably brown them out. But yea, just put some pvc pipes and have a decent filter along with occasional PWC and you're ready to quarantine (after it cycles, of course).
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Sarcothelia... Never "cycled" my QT tank. I keep those bio filters ready in my sump and do regular 10 gallon (every three days when running the QT) changes with water from my DT. It has never shown ammonia. We get nitrates but no ammonia. We set up the QT a day or 2 before we get livestock. Run it for 4-6 weeks and then tear it down. Has a heater, a pump filter combo, and some PVC. When we are done with it, we tear it down, throw another filter in the sump and wait till next time.
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