My 36G tank has been fully cycled now for a couple weeks and I've completed a lot of my intended stock being that all the fish were newer and the tank was newer I had not used QT for new fish yet.
5 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Espei Rasbora (going to get 3 more once they are available again at LFS
3 Panda cories (also going to get 3 more once available)
5 Black Phantom Tetras
Along with the above I'm planning 6 neon tetras and longer down the line a pair of rams.
I wasn't planning on a QT for the remaining espeis and pandas. The espeis used to school fine with the harlequins but have stopped after the harlequins started acting like they want to spawn. The duo seems lonely. The pandas are doing great and I don't think the new 3 when I get them would be happy with my QT options so I want to get them into the school straight away as long as everyting looks good at LFS
I DO want to QT the neons when the time comes to get them as after reading about it I'm terrified of neon tetra disease. How long should I QT them before I know they are safe from it? How many at a time can I QT in a 5.5G and can I leave the betta in if there is no aggression during the QT? There is an empty 3.5G he can be moved back into during this process if needed. This betta is very healthy and has proven very hardy during some terrible conditions he had to endure. There is also a 10G which is home to another betta, and ADF
, and ghost shrimp. Would the neons do better QT in there, moving the frog from that tank is not an option, but that betta go go into the 3.5G and the shrimp can go to the 5.5G if necessary. My LFS
has very healthy tanks so I'm not worried about anything other then NTD, never seen a sign of disease or ick, etc. and I've wandered there drooling pretty extensively on many occassions. From what I read NTD doesn't really seem to effect bettas. I think QTing in the 3.5 for more then 1 fish would be cruel, the betta lived there quite happily though previous to his 5.5G so not worried about it stressing him.
And as for the rams, when the time comes (not in any hurry for them at all want the tank to mature and see how the stock level looks before I even decide for sure if I want them) is it more stressful to move them into QT then out of QT, if I'm sure they are healthy can they just go straight into main tank?
Experience, opinions, and personal practices please share!