11-26-2008, 11:40 PM
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Thanks to everyone for their help. Today I got my first definitive ammonia reading. It is definitely above zero but below .25ppm. I've got the six danios in there and they are all doing very well. I'll keep a close eye on the tank parameters. I don't plan on adding any fish until the cycle is completely done. Hopefully these six danios will survive because I'd like them to be permanent members of the community tank.
I would like to set myself up a quarantine/hospital tank. I don't want the tank set up permanently, only when I need it. I've done some research and this is the plan so far. I'll get a 5.5 gallon tank with hood/light and a small heater. No gravel but a decoration or two to provide hiding spots. What I was thinking of doing is putting a small sponge filter into my main tank now so that it will build up a good bacteria base. When I buy new fish, or have a sick fish that needs to be quarantined, I could siphon out 5 or so gallons from the main tank into the hospital tank. From what I've read, if I then move the sponge filter from the main tank into the hospital tank I shouldn't have to wait for a cycle. Once I'm done with the quarantine tank I'd put a new sponge on the sponge filter and put it back into the main tank to start building another bacteria base.
It all sounds good in theory but I'm not sure if it would really work. Anyone have experience doing it that way? Anyways, thank you all again. I'll keep you up to date.
BTW, this is my stocking plan:
6 Lemon Tetras
5 or 6 Panda Cory cats