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Old 04-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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QT Tank questions

I want to obviously start Quarantining fish as I believe my last addition of neon tetras was the culprit of spreading Ich to my tank, last addition before that was a couple weeks before and I saw no signs of it. But i've lost 7 fish now to Ich and want to think about setting up a quarantine tank for restocking after this epidemic is over. My question is what do I need for a good QT tank, I'm assuming it doesn't need to be huge as my tanks aren't giant either. But do i need heat and filter and i'm assuing it needs to be cycled as well. Any advice on a procedure/material list for a standard qt tank would be appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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I want to obviously start Quarantining fish as I believe my last addition of neon tetras was the culprit of spreading Ich to my tank, last addition before that was a couple weeks before and I saw no signs of it. But i've lost 7 fish now to Ich and want to think about setting up a quarantine tank for restocking after this epidemic is over. My question is what do I need for a good QT tank, I'm assuming it doesn't need to be huge as my tanks aren't giant either. But do i need heat and filter and i'm assuing it needs to be cycled as well. Any advice on a procedure/material list for a standard qt tank would be appreciated.
I don't have a QT tank myself, although I should, but from what I understand you want to cycle it. You may want to start it with aquarium water from a water change in another tank, then mix tap water. to help cycle. Don't put any gravel decorations or any substrate in the tank. This is a home for developing ick and other parasites. When you QT a fish for something like ick, be sure to siphon off water from the bottom. That helps get rid of the ick in its polyp stage.

I hope this helps, and I hope someone who knows more can help you. I also have a really good link on treating ick if you want it. It basically describes how to treat ick with heat alone. I usually use heat and medication.
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There is another thread going right now titled quarantine tank. If you look it up I'm sure you will get some good information.
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