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Old 11-03-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Quarantine tank for ich

So when I set this up, how would you all recommend cycling it? Thank you!
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We just set our one up today, we have sacrificed a couple of small pieces of LR from the DT to help kick start the cycle quicker.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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After i got a severe case of ich i bought a UV sterlizer for my tank and it was very well priced. I havent had the slightest problem yet
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2nd on the UV, our clown is back to full health because of it and will be thinking of re-stocking in a couple of weeks!
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So when I set this up, how would you all recommend cycling it? Thank you!
How are you going to be treating the ich (i.e. hypo, copper)?

This is the second time I've set up a QT for ich I don't cycle it. I take the water from the DT. I always use hypo, which does have an affect on the beneficial bacteria - so your cycling attempts may be in vein. If nothing else, it will slow down the BB production.
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How are you going to be treating the ich (i.e. hypo, copper)?

This is the second time I've set up a QT for ich I don't cycle it. I take the water from the DT. I always use hypo, which does have an affect on the beneficial bacteria - so your cycling attempts may be in vein. If nothing else, it will slow down the BB production.
So I don't really cycle it? Can you give me the steps in order, LOL. Thanks! By the way, I think I would be using hypo.
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The water from the DT doesn't contain the bacteria. Only your LR and any filter media do. Some people keep a biowheel running on the back of their tank and when its time to setup the QT you just throw it on and there's no cycle. Only other way is to put a biowheel with no bacteria on the QT an put some LR or rubble in the QT to seed the biowheel. If you're treating with hypo there will be no prob putting the LR back once you've treated the ich.
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So I don't really cycle it? Can you give me the steps in order, LOL. Thanks! By the way, I think I would be using hypo.
I honestly don't know how the tank could cycle completely. What I do...and I'm in no way an expert at this, I was just caught between a rock and a hard place...

(1) fill the QT with 1/2 DT water, 1/2 newly made water (regular salinity)
(2) over 24 hours drop the salinity down to where you want it. I've been removing a 1/2 gal tank water and replacing it with freshwater every 2 hours or so.
(3) good idea to have a bottle of AmQuel on hand and some pH buffer.
(4) make sure you clean the bottom of the tank with the syphon during water changes.
(5) feed often

The last time I did this, I never got my tank to fully cycle. I ended up doing 40 - 50% water changes every other day (less towards the end) and using AmQuel to control the ammonia. WATCH THE PH! The lower the salinity, the lower the pH - and it WILL kill your fish. As long as mine doesn't drop below 7.8, I don't add any buffer. The whole process definitely sucks - maybe someone else has a better way lol.

Right now, I have 4 fish in a 10g QT. Not ideal, but easier for me to change 50% of the water regularly. I'm at 1.018 specific gravity right now. Although refractometers are recommended, I still use a hydrometer. I shoot for 1.012 to accommodate any error range, and then just maintain that for 4 weeks.

Hope this helps.
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I've never treated for ich, and I'm not an expert on treating methods, but dropping the salinity that fast seems a little too quick to me. I could be wrong but every 2 hours seems fast.
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Dropping from 1.023 to 1.012 over 24 hours is not too fast. Reversing the salinity at the end of the treatment is where you have to be careful and it should take several days if not a full week to do.

Low salinity is very relaxing and requires less energy for the fish to breathe. It also creates more oxygen in the water, again making it easier on the fish.

But this is all just my experience and research
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