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Old 01-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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1.016 too low for QT tank?

I read an article and some books that say to keep a QT tank at 1.016 when acclimating new fish before introducing them to your main tank. I just started my QT 1 week ago and bought 4 chromis 2 days ago to help with the cycle. 1 died over night and the others over the next day. Was this due to the 1.016? Nitrite is 0 Nitrate was about 0.5 and ammonia was about 15-20 and water temp was at 75. I have a simple HOB filter and low budget powerhead running. Kind of afraid to add new fish once its cycled if the chromis died. Any thoughts appreciated.
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Ammonia was 15-20? There's the problem...
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that's a mistake. I would have the QT at .026. Some LFS's keep their salinity lower to keep parasites at bay. Then you toss them in your higher salinity water and they come out like gang busters. I can't think of a single good reason to keep your QT salinity lower.
Not unless you are treating your fish by using the hyposalinity method. This i would do gradually however, not just within a half hour of acclimation.

The chromis died because their was toxic ammonia in the tank. I would let the tank cycle now, since you created an ammonia source with the fish. In the future, you could simply put a piece of shrimp or dead fish from the supermarket in the tank to create ammonia, or even pure ammonia from the hardware store.
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So should I raise the salinity right now to .026 or after it cycles and I do the water change?
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Either or shouldn't really make a huge difference.
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The LFS I have been looking at and got the chromis from keep their salinity at .026 would this matter if I kept my QT at the same salinity?
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No, because you said you are going to adjust it after the tank cycles, and before livestock goes in, right?
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yes after cycling I will add fish to the QT and monitor them for a few weeks before adding them to my setup.
Thanks for your help on this
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I've read that keeping the salinity a tad lower is better for home aquariums because it allows more oxygen in the water? What's your view on that.
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Nonsense.
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