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Old 02-09-2005, 11:34 AM   #11
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Just keep a small sponge in the sump or filter canister of your main , it will seed with bacteria be ready when needed.
Then it is just a fast setup..use water from your main along with this seeded sponge and you have a ready made qt.
You lost me here. I don't have a sump or canister filter. Just an Emperor 400. What type of sponge? And is it disposed of when the QT is broken down and a new sponge placed in the display tank filter?
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Old 02-09-2005, 12:58 PM   #12
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You should be able to get a small aquarium safe sponge at your LFS, I wouldn't use a kitchen sponge just in case it is chemically treated in some way. Hopefully you could stuff it in the Emperor somewhere. Don't need to leave it all the time (is nice if you can), just for a week or 2 before setting up a qt.
I keep one in my sump, pull it for the qt and replace it with another. So yes I do pitch mine when done.
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Old 02-12-2005, 03:02 PM   #13
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Sorry to bump this one back up, but I had another question. I got my QT tank today, it comes with a Penguin filter (not sure the model yet). I just need someone to tell me where I can find an aquarium safe sponge? My LFS doesn't carry any.


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Old 02-13-2005, 01:40 PM   #14
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Im not sure why i'm making this soo difficult, but here's another question.

When you have the QT tank stored and get an outbrake of somehting and need to QT a fish or two you take the water out of your display tank... So that would be 10 gallons for me. Do you keep 10 gallons of saltwater always mixing to replace what you removed out of your display tank?

I just want to make sure I have everything covered before I cause any damage.
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Old 02-13-2005, 02:15 PM   #15
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For me, it would be yest to both. Moving a fish from the main tank to QT is stressful enough without the added burden of acclimation to new water. Plus, it's FAST.

I always have 15-20 gallons ready to go for changes. I have small rubbermaid garbage can in the corner of my "fish room" with a heater and flowhead w/air bubbles.

It's working so far!!!!
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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