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  1. Default Help with QT tank set up


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    I posted a long thread about a month ago regarding a parasite that got into my tank by introducing new fish, I lost about 70% of my stock due to this and have been hesitant to add anything since. I took the advice of many members and bought a new tank that I plan to use at QT for new live stock. I am just looking for some tips to set it up. I only add small fish (tetras mostly) so I just grabbed a 5.5G HoB filter startup kit. I don't have the space to permanently set up a second tank in my apt so 5.5g I felt was the best I could do considering it's only going to be up and running for 3-5 weeks.

    Example, I was thinking of getting some new neons or black skirt tetras today and this is what I was going to do:

    1. Fill new tank with treated water (prime)
    2. Add filter media from established tank into the HoB filter for instant cycle.
    3. Get temperature to right level using new 50w heater (for small tanks)
    4. Add new fish (probably 5, maximum 8 tetras)
    5. Observe and do 10-15% water changes every other day for a few weeks before moving them into the main tank
    6. Disassemble QT tank until I am ready for more live stock

    Is that about it? Anything major I am missing? Do you guys use any gravel/decorations in a QT tank? I would prefer not to, and since I am only going to add 1 type of fish at a time I dont see any reason they would need decorations for hiding spots etc for just a couple weeks. Thanks as always for your input!

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    even if there are no other fish, the lighting, sounds,water, and movement outside their tank is still different...not to mention they just got bodily scooped up, dumped in a bag, shaken by a ride, then dumped out of a bag...its all trauma. They would likely survive not having cover of course, but its not hard to give them a little something and they would be that much better off. Even something simple like a clay pot or a single plastic plant...I can practically guarantee they will use whatever you put in rather than be out in the open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheamurai View Post
    even if there are no other fish, the lighting, sounds,water, and movement outside their tank is still different...not to mention they just got bodily scooped up, dumped in a bag, shaken by a ride, then dumped out of a bag...its all trauma. They would likely survive not having cover of course, but its not hard to give them a little something and they would be that much better off. Even something simple like a clay pot or a single plastic plant...I can practically guarantee they will use whatever you put in rather than be out in the open.
    Good point, I didn't even think about plastic decorations, that's nice and easy. My main tank only using wood/live plants/rocks so I guess I forgot all about a simple plastic decoration or two lol, thanks.

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    Don't mean to thread jack, but I would like to know what do most people do with media they put in the qt tank?

    rinse it in fresh untreated water and put back in the main tank filter?

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    A QT tank should be set up in the same way you would set up your main tank, with gravel, plants, rocks, dw, decorations, whatever you prefer. QT's are meant to be relaxing for fish. What you are describing is a hospital tank. Those are usually bare bottom with very little decor to keep observation and cleaning easy.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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    I always put a couple plastic plants in my QT tanks so the fish have a bit of cover to ease their stress. When finished I then bleach the tank and accessories. I never reuse the media though just start over with fresh.
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    +1 to all the above

    I would not use the lights on the QT for the first day or two before turning them on to allow the fish to get used to the QT tank and feel safe while doing so.

    I would also suggest about a 4 week stay in the QT set-up, but long is better. I have some fish in QT for 4 weeks now, likely going to be in there another 4 or so only because one of them is not behaving like the rest. I want to make sure this is normal behavior for him and not due to some type of sickness.
    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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    I always have the spondge for a small cartridge filter in my main filter. A spare 25 watt heater and a 30 liter food safe storage box allow me to erect a quarantine fairly quickly. Tend to use tank water from the main tank and some amazon frogbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy85 View Post
    Don't mean to thread jack, but I would like to know what do most people do with media they put in the qt tank?

    rinse it in fresh untreated water and put back in the main tank filter?
    I have an AC filter set up and running on my 120g that I move over to my QT tank when needed. If QT is uneventful I move it back over to the main tank. If illness occurs in the QT tank, the media is thrown away and the filter cleaned and sterilized, filled with new media, then put back on the 120g to recycle.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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