07-29-2008, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by qpc68
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.