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Old 03-02-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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I just started a 75g FOWLR tank. It has been cycled and I added my first 2 fish (PJ Cardinal , False Clown). The tank is doing great except for a algea outbreak. It is a reddish rust color. I think its cyno so I cut back on feeding put the powerhead back in there (I took it out to do PWC but the outbreak happened once I did that). Also only turing on 1 light instead of all 4.

All That being said, I also started a small aquaclear powerfilter in my sump. I did this in order to start my QT. I have two questions...

1 - How long before the bacteria in my main tank establishes on the sponge and bio media in the aquaclear 30 I have? I'd like to set up the qt and get some more fish

2. I was thinking about a goby to work on the sand I have about 2 inch sand bed. Is that too shallow? also should i put some sand in the qt for the goby.(decorated goby, istigobius decoratus)

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love this forum.

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Here is a good article on QT`s. I have a 1-2 inch SB and have the best sand sifting goby there is. The bullet goby.

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Thanks,

This is a great article. This is how I learned how to set up my qt. But I just wanted to know How long does it take to establish the beneficial bacteria on the sponge in the qt filter.

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I would imagine a week or two it should be getting started quite good.
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I'm a fan of QTing fish too, but I wouldn't worry about a goby. I'd put him in the main.
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