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Old 12-05-2005, 07:06 PM   #1
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Quarantine Tank Question

I've just learned that I can't leave a tank sitting long without fish because the benficial bacteria can die. How do I manage my QT in that respect?

I generally leave it up and running until I get a new fish or sick fish. Advice please.
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Some people just put a little bit of food in the tank so that the bacteria will be fed. And I mean something small like a few small flakes or few brine shrimp. this of course is IMO
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I agree with melosu. Thats what I was doing I would just throw a peice of krill/or some brine in there so its spikes some ammonia. But now I just try to keep a Damsel or a molly in there.
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flake, krill, anything will keep the population up.
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I have 16 ozs. of ammonium chloride powder I bought to do a fishless cycle when I set up my 120. I used a fraction of the bottle.

For my QT, once its empty of fish, I plan on using about 1/4 of 1/4 tsp every other day to keep the bio filter going. unlike food, there's no mess with ths stuff.

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I was also wondering something... is it OK to have carbon filters in your QT if you are medicating? Or do you just not run the filter when you medicate?
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Carbon can strip medications out of the water in short order. I'd leave out the carbon.
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I remove the carbon and put just a bunch of plain filter floss in mine when I'm medicating. Then afterwards, I put new carbon in to help remove the medication, along with water change.
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You`ll have to remove carbon to medicate
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I need to start a quarantine tank. Every time I bring home fish from the LFS they bring ick. its like buy two lose three. My main tank is a 55 gallon with emporor 300 HOB filter. The tank is gosh, 6 onths old now, and has 4 giant danis two wags two barbs, a pleca and a bunch of plants.
So what kind of tank makes a good quarantine tank? should I get a 5 gallon kit and use water from the main. then what? I am really sick of killing fish.
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