Originally Posted by rbarb1111
How can i cycle a qt
tank to house the last fish. If i use water from the main tank
won't i be introducing ich into the qt
tank. I plan on purchasing a 10 gallon tank as a qt
tank what other equipment should it have?
It's not just the infested fish but all fish
need to be QT
'd and treated if the tank has a parasite present. If the other fish are left in the display, any trophonts that have released from the fish to encyst will multiply and eventually infest the remaining fish. Only by removing all the fish and leaving it fallow for upto 6 weeks can you ensure the parasite will be eradicated. Before you go that route I'd be sure of what you are treating though.
Setting up a QT
is quite easy and using the water from the main tank is no concern for the initial fill only. If the fish already has the parasite, using the same water the fish came from will be of no concern. You will need some type of treatment (hyposalinity or copper) so anything transfered with it will die as well. Just be sure any future water changes for the QT
are done with well aged newly prepared SW only
Here's an article on quarantine set up
the should help.