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fishyinpa 09-13-2009 11:01 AM

So I got some new fish.They are in my siggy,but Pencilfish,Pygmy Cory and a hitchhiker Ghost Shrimp. They are in a 9 gallon q-tine tank at the moment. I am reading conflicting information on how long to leave them in there. Some say 1 week,another says 2 weeks, yet another says up to 4 weeks or 6 weeks. So I dunno. Help? :-)

aunt kymmie 09-13-2009 11:05 AM

I usually QT my fish for 3 weeks, just to be safe. Your QT tank is so nice as far as the fishes comfort level. It's so nice that I doubt they are *stressing* in QT.

fishyinpa 09-13-2009 11:10 AM

Oh,cool lol. Do normal qt tanks have nothing in them? I figured if they had to live in this tank for awhile,might as well have some decorations lol.
Yeah they seem perfectly happy in there. Those Pencils are fascinating! Keep changing color patterns. That little shirmp is interesting as well. I wonder if he needs shrimpie friends lol?

Thanks Aunt Kymmie!!

redlessi 09-13-2009 05:22 PM

The shrimp probably would do nice with another 1 or 2 of them and since they have very little bio load they dont really count as far as the inch per gallon rule. I would say get a couple of them........

fishyinpa 09-13-2009 08:21 PM

Oh okay. My lfs has em 5 for a buck. The guy at the lfs wasnt too helpful when I was asking about them.

redlessi 09-13-2009 08:27 PM

I have 5 or 6 and they are really cool to watch. They like to hang out on the tops of the plants. They come flying at feeding time. Just make sure not to feed them shrimp pellets with cooper in it, as I did and they started turning milky white. I caught it in time and stopped giving them. Good Luck

fishyinpa 09-13-2009 08:36 PM

Oh okay. So 5 or 6 would be okay in a 12 gallon then? I feed my cats the wardley shrimp pellets. hope thats not a bad one....
just looked it up..yep has copper...that sucks! I have a huge can of it too. Figures.

redlessi 09-13-2009 08:44 PM

I think 5-6 would be ok. You can try the pellets you have but mine turned milky white. They did not act sick or anything but when I posted about them turning white the average reply was white shrimp = dead shrimp. They are all still here and even started turning clear again mostly. Just watch them closely if you give them shrimp pellets with cooper to see if it affects them.

fishyinpa 09-13-2009 09:12 PM

hmm okay. i just checked all of my cats food,only 3 have copper in the ingredients. i have alot food for them lol. i was reading about hikari,is their shrimp or crab cuisine okay for them? the shrimp cuisine says it has copper in it though...ocean nutrition makes shrimp pellets with no copper guess ill get that. geez i think i spend my whole paycheck on my fish. oh well. :)

NC Frank 09-14-2009 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 242644)
I usually QT my fish for 3 weeks, just to be safe. Your QT tank is so nice as far as the fishes comfort level. It's so nice that I doubt they are *stressing* in QT.

If I buy a fish from anyplace other than my normal LFS I do 3 weeks like you do. I know my LFS well enough to know that he QTs his fish for a month before he introduces them for sale. I sometimes just introduce his fish without QT but my community tank currently only has his stock (his setup is top notch and he is the only LFS that I have ever trusted).

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