09-06-2013, 09:07 PM
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OK, I'll be brave. I understand your plan but have a few suggestions. First, don't put sick fish together just because they are sick. You can get a super bug or what us old guys call the creeping crud.
OK, your plan, the salt bath is a good idea and adding air is a good idea. Salt water holds less oxygen, that is why cold water salt tanks hold more fish than reef tanks. Here is where I would depart from the plan, instead of your 5gal tank, use another clean 5gal bucket with air to hold fish until the 10gal is ready. Keep in mind, purigen or carbon in you 10gal filter will pull the meds out as fast as you put them in. I would also suggest waiting 12 hours and giving them another 30 min. bath in formalin. Nasty stuff but any thing topical is DOA on contact. Put the fish back in the other bucket. I'd take your plants out of the 5gal and move them to the 55gal if you're compelled to use the 5gal. Otherwise, you will drag what ever pathogen to the new tank and lord only knows what will happen. When you reset your 10gal, use only water, heater, airline, medications and fish. No use contaminating a bunch of substrate and other stuff. Also, if your using a bio filter and plan to move it to the 55gal, trash it, clean it and set it up in the 55gal. Use some substrate from the 5gal to seed the filte.
In the 10gal holding tank, do a partcial of 20% every two days for the first six and once after that in the next five days. Also, add two tbs of solar salt in the ten while the fish rehab in it. You should start seeing big results in 3-5 days. Don't get fooled into thinking they're fine, keep them in the 10gal at least 11-12 days. There will be a bit of shock moving to the new tank and that much of a change in size may make them a little more stressed.
Hope this helps and follow up so I can see how it went.