Keeping a QT cycled
I need a quarantine tank for my African cichlids, I'm starting to notice some aggression between particular individuals. There's also a couple of females who are in poor condition due to excessive breeding! They seem to have only a weeks break between batches and are looking skinny now and look like they need a break an fattening up!
My question is what's the best way to keep the tank cycled when there's noone in it?? Do I empty it and just run the filter in the main tank? Or keep someone in there permanently? Any ideas? What do u guys do? It's only a small tank, about 20gal
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No problem in keeping the filter in the main tank while you are waiting to put someone in QT, only issue that you have to be careful of though. If you ever use medication in the QT tank, the filter WILL need to be clean and RECYCLED before adding anything else in the QT tank.
What cichlids do you keep?
Quarantine tank's with mature filter's in my expierience, are often stocked with fish,:roll: which in my view defeat's the purpose.
I keep mature sponge filter or media in main tank(s), and onlly fill the quarantine tank's when needed for new fish,medicating (which I'm loathe to do.)
Without mature filter or media, the quarantine tank(s) will need frequent water changes as per test result's.
I would balance out the QT with live plants behind a partition to keep them away from the fish.
That way when you add a fish to the qt, the plants will directly consume the increased ammonia preventing the spikes.
Dead or dying plant's will only hurt water quality.
But if no med's are used due to fish remaining healthy,,then adding some floating plant's could help .
My quarantine tank is bare bottom 20 gal that I add a few artificial caves,or artificial plant's to when I place new/sick fish into it.
That is a valid point along with the fact the plants will also filter out the medications as well.
But I always though a QT was used to observe the new fish to see if they were sick. Unlike a hospital tank. I am not in favor of or recommending we medicate unless symptoms are actually observed. Plus the low ammonia, low co2 and high oxygen stable environment can't help but keep new fish heathly and prevent stress related illnesses so that meds are not necessary anyway.
Thanks for all the input guys! I should probably add that the tank would be more of a hospital/isolation tank than qt. the reason I want to get one going is because of some aggression I've seen in my maturing fish (presumably males??) the only meds I plan on using if any are those oil ones the pimafix/melafix depending on the particular case if the fish has some bad wounds or not that look like theyll be fine on their own or will need some help. The other reason I want the tank is to isolated breeding females to allow them to recover and get some condition back before their next brood! So in both cases I think I'd want some kind of hiding places just so the fish don't get too skittish, I would use fake plants and ornaments. I would only use live plants if the tank would stay permanently full as I'd have nowhere else to put them coz they'd be eaten in the main tanks.
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