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Old 06-29-2004, 01:33 AM   #11
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can u just fill your qt with water and put a fish in it right then?
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:25 AM   #12
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bump...im alil confused on the qt and if it needs to be cycled or not
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:50 AM   #13
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I have a 20g qt, and what I did was take 20g out of the main tank to fill the QT. If you are just using it to qt new fish right now, then you can take a sponge that is seeded from your main tank, or a filter that you already have in the main tank, and move it to the qt, and Presto instant cycle! What is you current set up for your qt?
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:03 AM   #14
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instead of the filter could i just pull a peice of rock out of my main? after i siphon water from the main?
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:05 AM   #15
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10 gal, heater, pvc fittings for a little cover, what kinda filter should i get? (just a cheap bio wheel type filter with the removable cartridge?)
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:20 AM   #16
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If you plan on keeping the QT tank up and running all the time, then Id say the cheap bio wheel filter would be great. I would recommend it over a simple mechanical filter any day. The PVC fittings in the tank were more for a place for bacteria to colonize than for fish cover, but that is another purpose as well.
You need the heater for sure. The heat of the water itself can help cure some problems. The light, I can't give much advise about, but I've also learned that stressed fish may actually prefer a bit darker tank or at least a place to hide. Your fittings should provide that. I would think normal flourescent or incandescent light should be sufficient.

If you are going to only use the QT tank to QT new fish before allowing them into the main tank, then fill the QT tank with water from the main. With a little filtration and some time, youll be able to empty the tank once you introduce the new fish into the main.

If you are going to use the QT to treat a sick fish, then filling it with water from the main may not be a great idea, as the water may be part of the problem for the sick fish in the first place. This is where your constantly running and cycled QT tank would come in handy. We'll both have to get some more input as to the proper uses for a QT tank. I think it depends on how you use it as to the way you set it up.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:46 PM   #17
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thank u very much youronlysin...u have basically summed it all up for me and im very clear on how to run my qt tank now....for now the tank will be used purely for new fish...im only gonna have a 30gal for my main and wont have many fish so it probably wont be used very much for sick fish....thanks again....also the water from the main has plenty of bacteria for my new fish in it for the fish and there willl be no need to bring in any other source or bacteria to the qt...is this correct?
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