12-23-2008, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by zachary4311
do you think i could add 1 hardy fish to my tank...i just cant wait, or is that just being selfish and going to kill it
p.s what is a quarantine tank
Well, while some people still cycle with fish, it puts a lot of unnecessary stress on them to be exposed to high toxin levels for that amount of time, and yes it is quite possible that it will kill them. I think it's cruel to cycle with fish if you have to option of just using ammonia. It's also a lot less work for you because you just add ammonia and wait, no frequent water changes like you would need to keep fish alive
. If you are anxious to add fish, just add enough ammonia to bump it up to 2 ppm. You will have to add fish slower, but the fishless cycle will take less time.
A quarantine tank is an extra tank that people keep to put new fish in for several weeks before adding them to the main tank. This tank needs to be cycled in some way as well (some people just keep an extra filter running on their other tank that can be put on the QT tank when they need it). QT tanks are very useful in keeping disease from affecting all your fish. It is quite likely for a fish from a pet store to be sick, and treating them in quarantine is much better than having a disease wipe out all your other fish in an entire tank epidemic.
Hope this helps.