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Old 01-09-2008, 02:41 PM   #21
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It should take about 2 weeks for the biowheel/sponge to become seeded from and established tank. You can keep the bio-filter alive by adding a pinch of food, when there are no critters in the QT (this will provide a source of ammonia for the beneficial bacteria to feed off of).
I like to drip acclimate, but I don't like to get any (or at least a minimal) amount of water from my LFS in my tank. I use a bucket, add the LFS water and critter and drip from my tank...makes things a lot easier, so I can mess around moving, cleaning or whatever, while my critters acclimate. You can get away with using the way MommaFishels describes, since it is going straight into QT. If you don't have a QT I would say use a bucket and try not to get the LFS water in your main.
It is good to have some PVC in the QT, simply for a hiding place.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:16 PM   #22
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Yeah. They also have some decorations now that you can buy from the LFS, it's fake coral that is decoration only. Apparently alot of public aquariums use this for thier tanks and you can bleach ect if need be. I have a piece in my QT along with a few pieces of PVC. My Cardinals are right at home until they get released to their Mansion. I have also heard that you can add terra cotta pots (that have never been used) but have not investigated that one yet.
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Basically anything to let them get some privacy and settle in. The pots might be pretty cool, just for a more comfy look....
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Maybe what I said earlier was a bit confusing. I do not allow any of the water from the LFS into either my QT or my main tank. I do the same as you, I put them in a bucket and drip acclimate. Sometimes when I have to acclimate multiple things that came out of seperate systems (i.e. a fish going into quarantine and an invert going into main tank) I drip acclimate the fish in the bucket, while drip acclimating the invert in the plastic bag. I don't have enough buckets yet to do everything in a bucket. Either way, the specimen is netted and released in the appropriate tank without getting LFS water mixed in.

Sorry if my earlier post was confusing.
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Gotcha MommaFishels, that's a great idea. Remember to start saving a few of your empty buckets of salt and in no time you will have tons of acclimation buckets....lol!
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That what I was thinking Roka, just about done with the first bucket. Thanks for the tip!
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Ammonia is still high, I think the two-striped damsel is digging holes under the rock because in the little "cave" the sand hes been transported out. For ahwile i was worried that he had ich but found out it was just grains of sand( as they come and go). Nitrites have been steadily on the rise. If luck is on my side what type of lighting would you reccomend and filtration for a 10G nano-reef?
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:53 PM   #28
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I acclimate in a Kool-Aid type pitcher. The Pet store puts the fish in a very small bag of water if I put it in a 5gallon bucket it would be really shallow giving my fish no swimming room it would almost have to lay sideways to be under water.. Just curious how you would acclimate successfully in a bucket??? Am I missing something?
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Think I'm missing something! I think you posted on the wrong thread there fijiwigi!

pph_2ppr - just so you know ich will "come and go" over a week period or so. You'll see spots for a day, possible two, then they'll be gone only to reappear in 7-10 days or so. Not sure how quick the spots disappear, but figured I should bring it up.
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The fish are parasite free right now, is there anyway to spot them on the sand bed? Would it help everyone if i take pictures of my tanks and then re-explain what i have gonig on? Hopefully no one has been too stressed out.

what steps do i need to take to keep my aquarium moving in the right directing(so it keeps my attention)
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