Well, I wish I had read some of the articles on qt tanks before! In the books I have read, they talk about qt fish, but nothing about coral...of course, I have to admit, since I felt keeping corals was several years out, I might not have paid close enough attention! Because I have already promised my kids their own tank (the qt tank) I think I will continue as before, but I do have a reservation. If I believe I see problems and feel the need to medicate, I can use another container, but can the parasites infect the qt tank? Especially the live rock/sand and the bio filters? It was my intention to keep a couple of damsels in the tank to keep up the bio filter, and I know I am gonna hear it for this - but I considered them to be an acceptable loss if something bad happened. But what about the lr
in the tank and hob
filter? I have never heard of qt live rock, but that isnt saying much... Also, in the article it talked about hypo salinity or something... I am assuming that is raising the specific gravity above norms for some time... yet another thing I have not heard of...
Also, I have one more question about the cycle... If I were to purchase "cured" lr
, from my lfs
, I have read I may not see the normal cycle. The cost difference between cured and uncured is not that great for the 30 gal
, I was just thinking it would help with my knowledge when I set up the 180 as I will buy uncured due to the cost. (my concerns deal with the smell and the guaranteed complaints from my wife - I plan on cycling my 180 next summer when I can have all of the windows open! : )
Thanks for the help, and the links for me to read!