Well, I rehomed my little clown fish to a guy that really knows what he's doing (also, a very nice guy! Hope to hear from him about how the little guy settles in) so I turned his old tank into a QT. Whew! My arms are very tired from this lol!
Here's what I did:
Completely siphoned out all of the water, removed the gravel and decor and went to town cleaning it in the tub (now I have to clean the tub
) using hot water and vinegar. Then I removed the filter cartridge and trashed it. Instead of buying a new cartridge I went to Dollar General and got some sponges and scrubbers. I took a sponge, soaked it in my main tank, and placed it into the main tank's filter to let it build up some bacteria. I then cut up a scrubber into small pieces. Took one piece, rolled it up, and put it into the QT filter tube thingy
for some added bio-filtration. Also took a few pieces and put them in various spots in the filter. Took a bit of gravel from my main tank and put some directly into the filter, and some sprinkled on the ground. Then took what from my main tank and used it to fill the QT. Hopefully this will help everything cycle fairly quickly as I am adding fish to it tonight, but will be watching the water params VERY closely and doing frequent water changes.
Just need to add a heater tonight (running to the lfs soon to get one). Already has a powerhead in it for extra water movement. May add a homemade sponge filter, but haven't decided yet. Definitely have enough sponges for it
Any suggestions or constructive criticism is welcome!