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  1. #1

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    Seems like a good idea to set up a QT tank very soon, but I'm unclear on some of the technical aspects of maintaining one of those. I'd love to hear about everybody else's QT setups, and here are my questions:
    1. What is the best size?
    2. When not in use, do you keep the tank full of water and the filter/heater/lights running? Why/why not?
    3. How do you make sure it stays cycled?
    4. Do you have any special cleaning routines for after the quarantine patients are back in their tanks?
    5. Do you have gravel/plants/rocks/decor in your QT tanks? What sort
    6. Is there any other important info I should know about QT tanks that might seem obvious but someone lacking experience could miss?
    7. Water changes??? When and how?
    Thanks in advanced (:
    Last edited by bubblaroo; 01-24-2018 at 09:38 PM.

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    For some reason, you posted this in the Plants section, I can move it to Technical if you wish
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    Or, the Tank Setup section
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    Huh????
    I have no idea how I did that, I thought it went into Tank Setup. Yes, please do move that.

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    Moved to "Tank Setup", located here

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    Those are all great questions, I look forward to discussion on the subject. I'll just tell you what I do.

    I add dirted planted pots to the bare bottom tank. I feel the soil can sustain more beneficial bacteria (replacing substrate). I'll keep a planted sword or some plant in another stocked tank and transfer the whole thing. I also transfer a bunch of filter media from an established cycled tank to my QT filter just prior to adding new fish too. I don't keep a tank without fish for very long, so I don't need to keep one cycled, just my opinion.

    4) If I run into disease (and unfortunately I have been lately), I disinfect the tank with a 9:1 water/bleach solution or peroxide, rinse, let dry and/or use Seachem Prime to neutralize Chloramine. No need to set the tank back up again until you need it again in that case either.
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    1. Depends on the size fish you plan on keeping
    2. Depends if the QT is glass, acrylic or plastic storage bin
    3. If you don't plan on adding new fish for over a year then there is no point in keeping it up and running
    4. No disease outbreak, a simple rinse
    5. plastic plants and/or pots so I am not limited in medication that can be used
    6. Have the medication you need on hand or know where you can buy it locally
    7. Daily water changes are best

    Generally, I do any parasite treatment that is needed. After a few weeks, then I introduce bacteria (good and bad) from the main tank buy using some old tank water and old media or driftwood and placing it in QT, and observing for a couple of weeks. If the fish do fine, I take a sample fish or two from the main tank and have it co-habitate with the new fish for a month. If both fish turn out fine, they all go into quarantine.
    Last edited by Rocksor; 01-25-2018 at 02:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    1. Depends on the size fish you plan on keeping
    2. Depends if the QT is glass, acrylic or plastic storage bin
    3. If you don't plan on adding new fish for over a year then there is no point in keeping it up and running
    4. No disease outbreak, a simple rinse
    5. plastic plants and/or pots so I am not limited in medication that can be used
    6. Have the medication you need on hand or know where you can buy it locally
    7. Daily water changes are best

    Generally, I do any parasite treatment that is needed. After a few weeks, then I introduce bacteria (good and bad) from the main tank buy using some old tank water and old media or driftwood and placing it in QT, and observing for a couple of weeks. If the fish do fine, I take a sample fish or two from the main tank and have it co-habitate with the new fish for a month. If both fish turn out fine, they all go into quarantine.
    Thanks for the input!

    1. For the time being it'll just be pea puffers, but maybe possibly Otto's in the future too. Nothing bigger than 2"
    2. Well, I currently have a 5g glass tank for a snail breeder tank. I plan on getting a 10-15g storage bin, so I'm doubting whether I should move my snail breeding activities to storage bin and use the 5g for QTs or if its a better idea to have the bigger bin as a qt tank due to the more stable parameters it will provide
    3. OK, so you suggest only getting it set up if I suspect sickness in my current fish or if I plan on adding new fish in the coming few months?
    4, 5, 6, 7. Noted!

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    5g is fine for pea puffers or anything at 2" total length or smaller

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