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  1. Default Length of quarantine?


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    How long do you all keep new fish in a quarantine tank before adding them to your main tank? I have 3 platy that I got as replacements for some barbs I lost recently. They're holding in a 10gal for the time being just to make sure they aren't diseased. I'm doing 30% water changes every other day and have a filter rated for 20gal running. I'm curious as to how long I can keep this up. I know smaller tanks tend to go awry faster than big tanks, so any advice is welcome.

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    there are differing opinions on QT length.
    some keep for 2 - 3 weeks.
    some keep for 6 - 8 weeks.

    if you're concerned, you can always do a daily water change.
    I had a sick angel (a fairly large one) last spring. I kept her in a 5 gallon QT tank without a filter for 6 weeks. I kept it bare bottom and ran an air bubbler and a heater and I changed 70% of her water and vac'd up any waste or uneaten food every day. Never had any ammonia, nitrite or trate issues. She made a full recovery.
    Not the best or easiest method for you but you can get by with daily W/C and feeding very lightly.

    I'd say if you keep on the way you are and vac all the waste when you do you W/C, you should be okay .
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    I quarantine new fish for at least 4 weeks if there are no problems, or 4 weeks after I am finished treating them for anything.

    I do run a fully seeded/cycled filter on my QT tank tho
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    there are differing opinions on QT length.
    some keep for 2 - 3 weeks.
    some keep for 6 - 8 weeks.

    if you're concerned, you can always do a daily water change.
    I had a sick angel (a fairly large one) last spring. I kept her in a 5 gallon QT tank without a filter for 6 weeks. I kept it bare bottom and ran an air bubbler and a heater and I changed 70% of her water and vac'd up any waste or uneaten food every day. Never had any ammonia, nitrite or trate issues. She made a full recovery.
    Not the best or easiest method for you but you can get by with daily W/C and feeding very lightly.

    I'd say if you keep on the way you are and vac all the waste when you do you W/C, you should be okay .
    I did a 50% water change today and my ammonia levels were so high that I did an other 30% water change. Retested and they came down a bit but were still high. Should I do an other change later today? The fish look healthy and strong, they don't seem to be affected by the ammonia, but I'd almost feel better putting them in my large tank knowing that the levels are more stable there. I've only been feeding them every other day and they eat everything I put in. Also, the pH level in the quarantine tank is 7.2 vs a 6.4 in my main... it makes no sense since I haven't played with it at all.. should I do a large volume WC in my main? My tap water tests at 7.2 so I'm really quite confused at the difference.

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    Yes, I'd do another water change. And I'd do it sooner rather than later. You want that ammonia level down. anything above .25ppm is bad news.

    It's always best to run a QT with a fully seeded filter. I don't think I made that clear in my earlier post. I simply didn't have a seeded filter or a larger QT when I treated my angel so I made do with daily - sometimes 2X a day W/C.

    As for your main tank's low ph, here's a link to an article that might help answer your question
    http://www.ehow.com/facts_5974211_lo...aquariums.html

    If you do decide to move your new fish to the main tank and there PH remains different in each tank, you will want to drip acclimate your new fish as the change in the PH level could throw them into shock.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    So I drip acclimated the fish for an hour and a half and put them in my main tank. I'm going to run my 20gal filter on my main tank until I need it again so I don't go through this. The platy seem to be doing really well, I've kept the lights off and foot traffic to a minimum to reduce stress.

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    out of curiosity, for those who QT with a cycled filter, if you run into problems during QT what do you do with the filter before returning it to the main tank?

    Glad the acclimation went well AquariumAddict!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerileous View Post
    out of curiosity, for those who QT with a cycled filter, if you run into problems during QT what do you do with the filter before returning it to the main tank?

    Glad the acclimation went well AquariumAddict!
    If I were to lose fish in QT because of an infestation or illness, I'd be inclined to thoroughly clean the filter and the media with a bleach/water mix before I'd use it again. Which means after cleaning and letting it dry out, you'd need to add the filter back to your main tank again to let it reseed.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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