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Kerstin 09-16-2009 01:54 AM

Quarantine tank questions
 
Hi there, I enjoyed your forum and your communication on the salt water tank setup, and the reminder of how bad the ich can be... i have set up 3 tanks in my lifetime and want to do everything right this time too that I may have left out before. I was very blessed in being able to keep my tangs alive, but had challenges and with your reminder I may just never buy one again. I have never had salt water tanks with protein skimmers (and never had real coral) but want to start now. I actually always had penguin filters and shall try, for the first time, to go without. I always had success though with keeping all my fish alive (and mostly healthy) incl. shrimp, starfish, other invertebraes (definitely no sea horses...too sensitive) and horseshoe crabs, WOW are THEY hardy! I lost my fish during one of the hurricanes and 1 year later, after not having been in my house, no electricity, no a/c, no NOTHING, I found my forgotten mini sized horseshoe crab alive, sticking it's head out from under the sand. It was about 120 degrees in my house, no ventilation, no lights, etc. For 1 year he made it...and finally 'mommy' (bad mommy!!!) gave him to a pet shop. Anyhow,
Thanks for the reminder on the Quarantine tank. Do you suggest a full set up like another small protein skimmer and mini powerhead, etc. also? I have a 10 gallon tank I can use for this...but only a regular compact light with it...no fancy lighting, nothing but an empty tank and a hood. Thanks for any communication. I just joined this forum tonight (after not being able to locate my marine handbooks from years ago) :)
Kerstin

Kerstin 09-16-2009 01:59 AM

....the horsehoe crab still had the water that was left and evaporated down to the last third.

Pasfur 09-16-2009 07:16 PM

Actually, one of your Penguin filters would make a perfect filter for a 10 gallon quarantine tank. Nitrates are not a concern in a Q tank, because the fish load will be very small and water changes will be large and frequent. So, to answer the question, there is no need for a protein skimmer on a Q tank.

Kerstin 09-17-2009 09:33 PM

Dear Pasfur,
GLAD you are online! I just came home and am so sad that I still have not set up the tank :(
I tried going back to Petco to return one of the bio skimmers and exchange for a bio filter....to just at least get started and do the fish thing at least...but they shut the store down early and would not help me... i told them I had to drive over 1 hour rountrip to get there and back and had rushed the entire time to get there before they closed. (Sign said 9 pm). I got there at 8:53 pm ....
Very upset with them. I had an even exchange and they refused anyhow.
So, fate would have it that I ended up with now 2 bio skimmers, no filter, one powerhead, 20 lbs. or live sand, dry /hard coral and nothing else. Oh yeah, 27 gallons of salt water just sitting there in my tank, no movement even. I have a heater and that's it.
What can I do? Can i just put all the things in there (1 bio skimmer) and the heater and sand and coral and powerhead and watch it cycle itself???
thanks for any feedback...
Kerstin

Kerstin 09-17-2009 09:35 PM

Yes, I will buy some kind of filter for the 10 gallon tank...was at Walmart and almost bought a whisper for a 10 gallon...but waited..

Kerstin 09-17-2009 09:37 PM

Correction: not a Bio Skimmer, but a Protein Skimmer is what I have two of!


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