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Old 03-24-2005, 02:25 AM   #1
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need some advice on a qt

I am going to need to set a qt for my fish. I know I should of had one already but money has been a problem. I now have the funds and had some ?'s. What size qt do you think would be appropriate for my fish. I have 4 of them (see signature for fish) Would they all be okay in a 10 gallon tank for 6 weeks if they had to all be put in there for treatment?
Also for the setup of my qt what do I really need in there? I was thinking no substrate, some base rock for hiding, a heater, and maybe a HOB. Does this sound right?

Thanks for any and all advice given.
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:22 AM   #2
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10 gal would be a nightmare for 4 fish. It will be difficult to keep water perameters decent. The fish would be severely stressed out in such cramped quarters and if you have to medicate them (which is very stressful), it could lead to problems. I think you should at least go with a 20 gal qt. I went with a 30 gal for my qt because I had enough room for it. 20 gal tanks are not much more expensive than 10 gal taks and it would offer you greater flexibility and will require less maintenance.
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:43 AM   #3
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I agree with chill. I have a 10 gal for TWO fish, and they seem a bit cramped to me, too. Adding two fish at a time means it'll be June before I add my final fish to my tank.

In the meantime, I need to find another way to spend my money .....
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:37 PM   #4
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well, I guess i'll go with the 20gal.

What about the setup does that sound right?
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Water Temp 78.1F
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent Actinic
2-Moonlight LED
50# Fiji Live Rock
30# Argonite Sand
FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
CORALS:
Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

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10 Gallon Tank
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2-10w 50/50 Compact Florescent
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10# Fiji Live Rock/Rubble
Chaeto, Red Garacillia
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Setup sounds good, except you can add some pvc elbows for the fish to hide instead of the rock. If you ever need to use meds, anything porous is undesirable. Here is one of my qt setups.
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Well I tried posting earlier, but I guess it didn't make it.

I use a 29g for my QT tank. Took some pcv elbows and put them in there for the fish to hide in. Don't use any substrate since it will absorb the medications.

I took a Pengiun 125 filter and removed the filter media and replaced with some cotton. Carbon will absorb a lot of medications.

Put in a powerhead to help circulate and airiate the water.

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Old 03-25-2005, 03:10 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your help.
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MAIN TANK:
30 gallon reef tank w/DIY overflow, SCWD
Water Temp 78.1F
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent
65W Dual Compact Fluorescent Actinic
2-Moonlight LED
50# Fiji Live Rock
30# Argonite Sand
FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
CORALS:
Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

REFUGIUM:
10 Gallon Tank
CPR Bak-Pak2R Skimmer
2-10w 50/50 Compact Florescent
20# Argonite Sand
10# Fiji Live Rock/Rubble
Chaeto, Red Garacillia
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