09-17-2009, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Ramenuzumaki
how long should they stay in a "QT" tank? also what size should a QT Tank be? sorry im still really new to the little details for fishy keeping!
Most aquarists consider 2-3 weeks in QT adequate. Obvious and common problems like ich will manifest itself by then. Of course, other things may not. The size of the QT depends upon the fish, and should provide suitable surroundings; by this I mean that if the fish are sensitive and shy, they will need suitable hiding places or they will be stressed out and even more likely to contract something. Healthy fish are usually able to fight off all sorts of things, including parasites; but stress them out and they succumb. That's why fishyinpa's fake plants in the QT was such a good idea for the pencilfsh; it serves to calm them. In a bare tank they would feel constantly "threatened" and thus stressed, and probably not eat as a result. Floating live plants are also useful, something like Ceratopteris or odd bits of stem plants, which grow quickly and thus "filter" the water, plus adding some overhead shade and security.