Originally Posted by begginersluck
After a lot of misunderstanding and mixed opinions on the QT topic i have decided i dont want to loose any fish in the future to stress or disease. Therefore i plan to QT all new fish i buy.
I am waiting for my new 90G to arrive and should be with me in 4 - 6 weeks. I do not want any white spot or anythnig else nasty getting in this tank as i plan on doing everything the best possible way for my fish and inverts.
I am concerned as i have a Regal Tang that has a minor case of white spot. She's had it before but fought it off. I dont want this parasite going in to my new tank as i want it to be a peaceful tank that wont require and 'breaking down' to remove cetain problem fish.
My questions are as follows,
1. Will my 80 litre QT be sufficient for 1 Regal, 2 Clowns, 1 Strawberry Basslet & 1 Royal Gramma.
2. If removing my fish and treating for ick will the parasite in my tank die off as there is no host there?
3. What do you recommend using? I have Cuprazin but haven't sucessfully used it. Is Hypo better?
Like i said i plan on QT'ing every fish going forward and want to make sure this new setup is as good as poss!
Ich only has 2 known cures, hyposalinity and copper. All other methods are simply treatments that do no guarantee anything.
A quarantine tank will need be set up using either hyposalinity or copper, hypo being the better option in most cases as its less stressful on the fish. Many species of fish dont tolerate copper well.
Ich has a life cycle of 28 days meaning you need to run your display tank fishless for a minimum of 28 days. Most people go 4-6 weeks. During this time you will also be treating your fish in the QT tank for the same amount of time. All new fish will need to be quarantined the same way for a minimum of 4 weeks.
During a new fish quarantine you want to observe the fish for any signs of infection and disease. If something is discovered a course of treatment can then be applied. Many people start treating with hypo or copper right away, regardless of the fish is infected. This is ok to do however treating in itself is stressful so treating at uninfected fish is just causing unneeded stress.
Your probably going to want a bigger QT for those 4 fish or 2 separate QT's. The tang by itself and the other 3 in another. If the tang is fairly small then they could all work fine in 80 liter for 4-6 weeks. Divider glass can be used of there are issues.
Also remember that QT tanks need to be clean. No sand or live rock. Supply PVC
fittings for cover. After treatment the QT tank needs to be thoroughly cleaned before a new fish QT begins. Also constantly monitor ammonia levels and have spare saltwater on hand incase an emergancy water change needs to be done. For hypo treatment you will need a refractometer. For copper treatment you will need a good copper test kit and a copper treatment, hypo os generally easier.