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Old 03-26-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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Exactly how do I set up a Quarantine Tank?

Should it be bare bottom? Plastic plants if so? I would think a totally empty tank would be stressful.

If I use a chunk of filter media from my healthy tank, will that automatically throw the healthy tank into a cycle considering the healthy BBs only exist in the numbers that tank can support via ammonia output?

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I go with bare bottom and some plastic pipes or plants - just for some cover and to break water flow.
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Thank you!

I'd love to see pics of people's QTs! Any takers!



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Old 03-26-2015, 12:15 PM   #4
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I forgot I had plastic caves and logs along with plastic plants in storage. Will these do instead of PVC pipes?

I washed everything in a mixture of tap water and vinegar. Rinsed well. It's all drying now.

I cleaned out the old tank and rinsed it well. I'll fill and drain it twice with tap before a final fill and dechlorinator Then I guess I'll get a chunk of the separate sponge filter in my tank (separate from my two HOB filters) and stick it in with fresh filter in the HOB filter on this tank.

Does that sound correct?


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I forgot I had plastic caves and logs along with plastic plants in storage. Will these do instead of PVC pipes?

I washed everything in a mixture of tap water and vinegar. Rinsed well. It's all drying now.

I cleaned out the old tank and rinsed it well. I'll fill and drain it twice with tap before a final fill and dechlorinator Then I guess I'll get a chunk of the separate sponge filter in my tank (separate from my two HOB filters) and stick it in with fresh filter in the HOB filter on this tank.

Does that sound correct?


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Old 03-26-2015, 04:14 PM   #6
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Exactly how do I set up a Quarantine Tank?

Here's how it looks set-up. Is this too much! I tried to provide hiding places with the fake logs and plastic plants on the outside to kind of obscure the room. Also, I only have one bulb in the hood. That happened to be all I had but I'm wondering if the reduced light will help the fish be more comfortable.

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I'll be using this for platies come Sunday.


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Using filter pad from an existing tank should be fine to fast track your new filter and shouldn't impact the old tank. If I thought I was taking a lot of media, I'd just do ammonia tests to check. The bacteria can survive weeks if not months without food (although may take a little time to crank back up) so should be fine until you get the new fish. Ammonia test to double-check until the bacteria adjust to the new load.

I tend to keep it fairly simple but really doesn't matter as long as stress on the fish is kept to a minimum imo.
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