Originally Posted by billburroughs
Should I put LR
in my QT
tank? What about live sand?
Neither, only inert materials should be used. See here for a basic
set up guide...
Do I need to keep something in there to keep the cycle going?
If you are currently in the process of aquiring new fish, having a cycled QT
is a great advantage. I would highly recommend you keep it running for a few months afterwards to be on the safe side, permanently if you have the space. Just keep feeding the QT
every few days to keep the bacteria fed if there are no fish in the tank.
If a QT
is needed in an emergency, setting up "on the fly" may sometimes be necessary. This is where having some sort of seeding material available for transfering from the main to the QT
comes in handy. Again, preferabley something inert and non sorbant. Bio ball, bale, sponges and the like. No carbon, polyfilters or resins.
(This rant is not
directed at you ) I have never understood how someone could condem cycling new tanks with fish and then recommend adding fish to an uncycled QT
. If you know you will be buying fish, take the extra step and cycle the QT
first. You'll have much better success.