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Old 07-29-2008, 10:02 AM   #11
 
Well thanks! Me and my bland spouting porpoise are going to head out for a while. Tootles!
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:17 AM   #12
 
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Well this cowgirl doesn't stock a QT tank 8) Kinda defeats the purpose.

Jeez, your quick to blame other members of this forum for your bad advice, but your also quick to ask for our help.

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Old 07-29-2008, 11:01 AM   #13
 
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My concern was the bacteria, but I assumed since I was so passionately told that keeping fish in a QT was a no-no and that the bacteria would be fine without anything to generate any waste. So this is incorrect, right? If there were zero fish in the QT than I would need to continuously add something to the water to simulate their being actual life for the bacteria to stay alive. Is that accurate?
Look, you do *not* need any bacteria in your QT tank. The filter is for brutal mechanical and chemical cleaning. You don't even need the tank to be running all the time. For short term treatment and quarantine, there are excellent products out there which can keep your water healthy for a while (Cycle, Safe Start, Bio Spira etc.). If you don't trust them, you can always take water/filter material from your maintenance tank.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:23 AM   #14
 
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IMHO water parameters, and temp in hospital tank or quarantine tank should be as close to the same as tank that sick fish are coming out of or new fish are going into as you can make it . Some chemicals skew water test results.None of them in my view will create safe water conditions quickly. some perhaps not at all. When one has a sick fish the last thing they want to do is wait to set up a quarantine tank. The suggestion of using water and filters from ones primary tank or tanks is a good one. I however find it easier to just maintain the quarantine or hospital tank just as I do the other tanks. Some injurys or illneses demand immediate action. I fell comforted knowing that I have a place at the ready . :)
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:52 AM   #15
 
Well yes, but keep in mind that most QT tanks are quite small, which means that it is really hard to have stable water conditions, let alone the same as in another tank. So, for short term treatment, it may be the simplest solution to fill the clean empty tank with water directly from the tank and use filter material if deemed necessary.

The aforementioned water conditioners contain not only chems but also bacteria/spores to get rid of ammonia and nitrite. They definitely work - not forever, but for a while.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:03 PM   #16
 
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That is what I love about this forum MEASURED OPINIONS . Even a rubbermaid tub can serve as a quarantine tank. All that is neede is a sponge filter and a heater. Small tanks are harder to manage water quality than larger ones to be sure but with dedication to the fish it is manageable. The water parameters in my ten gal. quarantine are same as my others with the exception of discus tank that has a very large piece of driftwood in it and therefore the PH is somewhat lower . Nothing I believe could be more stressful to sick or injured fish than to be removed from their quarters and plopped into a tank with wildly different parameters or temp. One needs to keep in mind that quarantine should in my view be at least ten days. :)
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:30 PM   #17
 
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That's more or less what I've been doing. Filling up the little 1 gallon with tank water and replacing it every few days. If this is sufficient, which judging by your posts it is, than that's what I'll likely keep doing. Easier on the pocket book.

Thanks for your help
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:49 PM   #18
 
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Well this cowgirl doesn't stock a QT tank 8) Kinda defeats the purpose.

Jeez, your quick to blame other members of this forum for your bad advice, but your also quick to ask for our help.

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I don't know where I've blamed others for my (?) bad advice, but whatever floats your boat kiddo. If you're referring to my suggestions in another thread about ways to eliminate snails... http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.p...356&highlight= there's the thread. All the advice I gave the other poster was advice given to me by other, more experienced fish keepers. Just passing on the message ya know? If this advice is bad than it appears lots of people are doing the wrong thing huh?
I'm pretty new to this whole game so I would think I would ask for help...isn't that what this forum is designed for? I don't think I've shown any ingratitude to those who have given me advice....If I'm mistaken I'd be more than happy to see you show me where I did.
If questioning the status quo means I'm ungrateful, so be it. But I've not once been rude to anyone who has helped me out.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:20 PM   #19
 
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Look, you do *not* need any bacteria in your QT tank. The filter is for brutal mechanical and chemical cleaning.
Well, I'm not totally in agreement with that statement. Mostly because chemical filtration must be removed in order to properly medicate a tank. Mechanical filtration alone is not enough. On the other hand, many medications can destroy the bacteria in your tank.

It's a give and take, and there's not one correct way to do things when it comes to QT's. Daily water monitoring and frequent water changes is the most important thing for keeping up water quality in a QT tank.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:37 PM   #20
 
Sounds like the whole thing is more or less a crap shoot. Then again, I suppose in a lot of ways purchasing new fish is, especially if you live in an area like me with very few decent LFS's. Thanks for all your help guys, I think I know what I'm going to do. Either it will work or it won't. :D
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