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Setting up a quarantine tank
Old 09-13-2010, 04:57 AM   #21
 
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Thanks, guys.

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i set up a QT when planning a fish purchase, and when its done serving its purpose break it down, clean it, and store it until another fish purchase is planned. i do not continueously have it set up and running, this is something that can help prevent impulse buys.
Do you not allow your quarantine tank to cycle before adding a fish to it then, Jon? Or do you set it up, wait 3 weeks for the tank to cycle, add a fish and wait 4 - 6 weeks, and then break it down afterward?

If you don't allow it to cycle, how do you handle ammonia, etc.? I had started my quarantine tank without allowing it to cycle and found ammonia present even after two 50% water changes two days apart...
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:04 AM   #22
 
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i can not speak for john but i also assemble and disassemble mine.... i keep a sponge hiddenin my rock work for use inthe QT and runn the spong filter on one sise the the Q and a HOB with carbon on the other end.... after adding stock to it i do w/c every two days for the first 2 weeks (only about 1-3 gallons) after that the seeding from sponge seems to do quite well... i used to run it just empty but i like the idea of putting a PVC pipe or two in there and will from here forward... but as Pasfer has pointed out time and again their are many many ways to get good resaults this is just one example of what i have used.....
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:49 AM   #23
 
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i to "seed" something before setting up the qt and seems to work well for me to. just put a peice of floss in your sump for about a week or two, then set up your QT with it with atleast a month advance a fish purchase pending params.. the qt isnt out often, because fish purchases are rare, but when one is planned, its set up to go.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:45 PM   #24
 
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i can not speak for john but i also assemble and disassemble mine.... i keep a sponge hiddenin my rock work for use inthe QT and runn the spong filter on one sise the the Q and a HOB with carbon on the other end.... after adding stock to it i do w/c every two days for the first 2 weeks (only about 1-3 gallons) after that the seeding from sponge seems to do quite well... i used to run it just empty but i like the idea of putting a PVC pipe or two in there and will from here forward... but as Pasfer has pointed out time and again their are many many ways to get good resaults this is just one example of what i have used.....
This is word for word how I ran my Q tanks for many years. Very effective.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:44 AM   #25
 
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Hi guys,

This is the second time my attempt to use a quarantine tank has failed. The previous time, the ammonia got so high in my quarantine tank despite the water changes I performed that all of the fish in it died. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...-george-51294/ The quarantine tank was empty from 9/10 until this past Sunday, 10/17, at which time I tested the water in the quarantine tank and decided to purchase new fish after finding 0 ammonia. I picked up 5 tiny blue/green chromis.

Sure enough, I tested the water Wednesday and there was ammonia present, somewhere in the neighborhood of .25 - .50 ppm (I couldn't really tell based on the API test results). I changed 1/3 of the water, but this morning I found one of the chromis I purchased on Sunday dead. I tested the water again this morning and the ammonia looked like it was at .25 ppm. Not wanting to lose the rest of the chromis despite additional water changes like last time, I drip acclimated the remaining chromis and added them to the display tank.

So far, my investment in a quarantine tank setup has been a frustrating, expensive waste. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:03 AM   #26
 
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ok lets refresh the situation a little just to be 100% clear.... what is the QT set up? every goffy detail would help. size filtration heater etc etc .. i read back over everything and it all looks good but i just feel we are missing some minor detail .. sorry to be such a pain in asking all of this again....
ok and include any media you may be running and how... i have an idea but i want to see what you got going...
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:12 AM   #27
 
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Hi Brett,

It's really a simple setup. A 10 gallon tank, an AquaClear 10 heater, and an Aqueon hang on back filter. I don't know the Aqueon's model number, but it looks like it's sized for a 10 gallon tank. It came with a filter pad with carbon in it which I removed since I dosed the quarantine tank with PraziPro when I initially set it up, so there hasn't been any filter media in it. Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:31 AM   #28
 
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ok so i have an idea that may sound a bit off.. unless you are changing water daily you may want to consider tossing a bag of carbon in there... now i know we dont want bacteria building up and what have you so no other media (floss and what have you) unless you want to change that out every other day. (not entirely a bad idea but requires a bit more work on your part to make that process less expensive let me know if you want to hear how)

so any how drop a sac of carbon in there and that should help a ton .. after the QT period dump out the carbon and wash the sack.. next time around refill with new carbon and start fresh...
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:24 AM   #29
 
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Thanks for the idea, Brett. These fish are already in the display tank and having a tough time, but I'll try using the quarantine tank with a bag of carbon the next time I add fish, which will be in a few weeks if these chromis manage to stay alive in the display tank.

Does anyone have any additional thoughts?
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:33 AM   #30
 
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it may take a little bit for them to get comfy.... you said hard time what is their behavior? or are they just gong through the usual acclimation period?
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