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Can we talk quarantine tank please?
Old 03-19-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
 
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I normally wait until a couple weeks before I know I am going to be purchasing fish, and then drop a Hydro sponge filter in one of my already established tanks to seed it with bacteria.
This way, I don't need to run it all the time in main tank(s) if it is aesthetically unappealing.
I run one tank however for plecos, and it usually alway's has a sponge filter going in it so moving it to quarantine tank is easy and helps with my sometimes compulsive purchases (always have a seeded filter)
Four weeks is minimum for me, otherwise you may as well not quarantine at all. As already mentioned ,,some pathogen's ,won't present themselves for a couple three weeks.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:16 AM   #12
 
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Yes, but my question was that the main tank is fully planted, which means there will not be much, if any, spare ammonia for the bacteria. The plants out-compete the beneficial bacteria. There will always be some, but no where near the quantities you would see in an unplanted tank. In my smaller tanks, I only get readings of 0-5 ppm Nitrate after a week (before water change) and I only change 25% of the water weekly. I do not know if the main tank would be able to support a seeded sponge or if some of the bacteria would die off making it insufficient to maintain a quarantine tank with ~10 (juvenile) fish in it.

I also don't believe it would need to be running in the main tank, the bacteria colonize every surface in the tank.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:55 AM   #13
 
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Yes, but my question was that the main tank is fully planted, which means there will not be much, if any, spare ammonia for the bacteria. The plants out-compete the beneficial bacteria. There will always be some, but no where near the quantities you would see in an unplanted tank. In my smaller tanks, I only get readings of 0-5 ppm Nitrate after a week (before water change) and I only change 25% of the water weekly. I do not know if the main tank would be able to support a seeded sponge or if some of the bacteria would die off making it insufficient to maintain a quarantine tank with ~10 (juvenile) fish in it.

I also don't believe it would need to be running in the main tank, the bacteria colonize every surface in the tank.
Fishes respiration produces ammonia not measureable with our test kit's and so long as fishes are breathing ,there will be enough bacteria present to seed a sponge filter or present on filter material.Fish foods,fish waste,decaying plant matter ,all contribute food for bacteria and while plant's are efficient at using the same food,bacteria will also thrive.
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