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post #11 of 23 Old 07-04-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I've heard some pretty great stuff about the Tetra Whisper filter, though. Is it unreliable?
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post #12 of 23 Old 07-04-2012, 12:31 PM
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Any kit has a filter that goes 'up to' the tank size of the kit, making it under-sized since you need to cut that 'up to' in half, at best. Get an AquaClear, they have higher flow and a much higher media capacity.

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post #13 of 23 Old 07-04-2012, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

Okay hopefully my final question: does the quarantine tank need gravel, and does it need a filter?
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does the quarantine tank need gravel, and does it need a filter?
I would have a filter, a simple sponge is best. And a heater of course unless the ambient room temp is sufficient. Most recommend a bare substrate. Medications that may be used might be difficult to get out otherwise. The sponge of the filter can easily be discarded.

Sometimes some sort of "fake" decor helps to calm the fish. I had a Congo Tetra in QT for a week and he crashed into the tank wall a couple times when I was at the tank, obviously due to the stress of being in a bare tank (only had a sponge filter). Got his lip fungused, so had that to deal with too. I now have one of those gray root structures that will only be in this tank and it can be scrubbed in boiling water.

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Here is an article I wrote on quarantine and why it usually causes more harm than good. This can help you avoid the mistakes so common to quarantine tanks. Quarantine

I would not leave it bare, decor is important for many fish in order to reduce stress.

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post #16 of 23 Old 07-04-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much! I lied about that being my last question.

So I have the new tank all set up. Water's been conditioned, plants planted, filter started. As a result of the old tank being overstocked and overplanted, it's disgusting. And at this point I don't know which is worse: to put them in the new tank so soon or to let them spend a night with crap and whatever else was under the plants in their old tank?

Should I switch them over early or hope they survive their filthy tank for the night?
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Thank you all so much! I lied about that being my last question.

So I have the new tank all set up. Water's been conditioned, plants planted, filter started. As a result of the old tank being overstocked and overplanted, it's disgusting. And at this point I don't know which is worse: to put them in the new tank so soon or to let them spend a night with crap and whatever else was under the plants in their old tank?

Should I switch them over early or hope they survive their filthy tank for the night?
This is the first mention of this issue in this thread. If the "new" tank has live plants, depending how many you could move the fish. I'm assuming this involves 4 (of 5) zebra danio, into a 20g planted tank, correct? Do a 50% water change using tap water in the 5g where the fish are now (assuming this tap water is what you used to fill the 20g), let it sit 20-30 minutes, then net over the 4 fish (if temp is same, or it can be warmer in the 20g but not cooler to touch).

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Let it sit 20-30 minutes, then net over the 4 fish (if temp is same, or it can be warmer in the 20g but not cooler to touch).
I think I'm understanding you correctly, but let's double check: I finished the new tank a long time ago, and then did a water change in the old tank. Does that mean it's now safe for me to move them over to the new one?
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I think I'm understanding you correctly, but let's double check: I finished the new tank a long time ago, and then did a water change in the old tank. Does that mean it's now safe for me to move them over to the new one?
What is "a long time ago" actually?

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What is "a long time ago" actually?
About an hour and 45 minutes ago.
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