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Old 08-09-2004, 12:37 PM   #1
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Quarantine Tank Question

Yes, I've read the article but still have a few questions ...

1. Does a QT need to be lit, or is room lighting sufficient?

2. One place I read says that aquarists "often treat for parasites with a Copper Sulfate treatment for 14-21 days". Is that just a preventative measure and is it usually done as a matter of course?

3. Assuming you have a sponge filter, as the articles recommend, should there also be a powerhead for flow?

4. How often should you do water changes in the QT?

5. Any other kind of filter? Or just the sponge filter?

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Room lighting is fine.
I wouldn't treat with copper unless a parasite is present.
A powerhead is Ok, but just a simple filter will do.
Water changes should be done as needed to keep ammonia and nitrate down.
If you are not treating with meds, carbon is OK to run.
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Old 08-09-2004, 01:54 PM   #3
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I wouldn't treat with copper unless a parasite is present.
Unless you saw ich spots, how would you know?
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I have the same question...why not run like Cupramine to make SURE nothing is on the fish? What if it makes it through 4-6 weeks without showing anything and then you find something....just curious. Im still way to new to have any therios or opinions on this or anything else so this is why Im asking...
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Because copper is stressful on some fish like tangs, dwarf angels and others.
If you want to run preventive treatment, hyposalinity would be a better choice. The only problem is that it is only effective against ich.
Don't get me wrong, cupramine is a wonderful drug but the fish are weakened a bit already from the stress of the move, acclimation, etc.
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So, let me get this straight. A good QT tank would have:

- no inverts
- cheap filters/lights
- low salinity
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So, let me get this straight. A good QT tank would have:

- no inverts
- cheap filters/lights
- low salinity
Um, a bit more than that and no to the low salinity. Its a matter preference, but I would not treat unless disease expresses itself.
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I use kick-ich to treat a bad ich problem so it doesn't harm the inverts or leave anything bad in the tank. I just started my QT and it's still cycling. I already had a 20 g and a filter and heater. I'm cycling with LR but not putting any substrate in it. I lost about 600 dollars worth of fish to ich because I didn't have a QT. Very bad mistake. Everyone should use a QT even if it's just a bucket with a heater and small filter.
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