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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
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    So, I have a discontinued bow front 1-2 gallon Eclipse that I'm going to set up as a QT tank. It has a built-in filter and a light socket in the hood that comes down in front of the filter. My biggest issue is that it's set up to only take a single C7 bulb. :(

    Anyways... It still has the biowheel part of the filtration in the tank. Should I toss that and get a replacement biowheel to start off the tank (if I can find one in the right size)?

    And as far as the lighting... They make LED C7 lights. Would a clear one of those be sufficient to grow a hardy low-light plant (such as a Java fern)? While this won't be a planted tank, I'd like to keep one or two plants floating or in pots for water-quality.
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    If your going to use it as a QT tank, I would not worry about having enough lights to grow plants. I don't always have any lights on my QT set-ups. All you need is just enough light to be able to see the fish enough be able to notice any symptoms of potential sickness. Fish typically will do better in lower levels of lighting.

    I have never used one of those all in one set-ups so I can't offer much help there.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    in a quarantine tank, you want to be able to thoroughly disinfect everything after use. unless you want to replace that fern everytime a new fish is quarantined, plastic plants would be better in a qt.

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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
    Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Flyby Stardancer 

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    Alright. Will need to figure out what else to do with the fern until another non-QT tank is set up. I have another (that was originally going to be a QT before I found this), but it needs a lot more work to get it running.

    And I do have other items to go in it that can be disinfected.
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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
    Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Flyby Stardancer 

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    Anyone have any suggestions for whether to wash or toss the biowheel?

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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
    Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Flyby Stardancer 

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    Also, there's some really heavy hard water stains on the filer. I scrubbed it with vinegar and got off all the loose stuff. Because its got a built-in motor I don't feel comfortable submerging the filter in vinegar to let it soak. Since this is a QT tank instead of display, and my water is also hard with a higher pH... Is it safe to just leave the stains I couldn't get off?

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    If all it is are hard water stains, I wouldn't worry personally, but there might be someone here who recommends something else to get them off.

    I know this tank is what you have around but, personally, I wouldn't use something that small even for quarantine - I have a 5gal I use and sometimes I think it's a bit small. You wouldn't be able to put more than a fish or two into it at one time - that's not a lot of space to swim. However, I guess it's better than not quarantining at all - it's important to do so kudos to you!

    Regarding the biowheel, you are aware I'm sure that you will be running it in your main tank to cycle it along with the bigger filter - keeping it in there until you need it?
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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
    Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Flyby Stardancer 

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    My main tank is a 5 gallon that will only have one fish in it. I don't have much of a need for a bigger qt yet. :) And neither tank can really support moving the qt's filter onto it. I plan to cycle it and maintain the cycle the same way a normal tank would be until the owner decided on stock--by adding ammonia.

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    【ツ】 - korith first fish for your community tank! - Cyberra a friend for your other neon ;) - Cyberra tetra #3 ;) - Cyberra looks like you like neons.... i hope - genocidex 
    because sometimes they school - genocidex a good school of neons is 6 minimal !!!!! - genocidex for playing along, gift of my choice!!!! - genocidex These seem to be quite popular... - ~firefly~ ...so here's another one... - ~firefly~ 
    ...and for luck, one more. - ~firefly~ 
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    And for an idea of how bad the hard water stains were...

    In the corners they could get a few mm thick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyby Stardancer View Post
    My main tank is a 5 gallon that will only have one fish in it. I don't have much of a need for a bigger qt yet. :) And neither tank can really support moving the qt's filter onto it. I plan to cycle it and maintain the cycle the same way a normal tank would be until the owner decided on stock--by adding ammonia.
    I don't know if you're aware of this, but the beauty of a QT is that you don't need to keep it "cycled". Most of us keep 2 filters in our main tank at all times - you could probably find a small, cheap sponge filter to run in your 5gal and then just transfer it to the smaller tank for quarantine purposes - maintaining a cycle by adding ammonia is not very practical considering you aren't going to be using it very often.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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