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Old 07-25-2009, 06:56 PM   #11
 
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The size of quarantine depends on what you can handle. I use a 38 gallon Q tank for my 180 display tank.
I guess I won't get the moorish idol then. would a red sea max 130d (34 gallons) be alright for a quarantine?
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:29 PM   #12
 
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A 34 gallon Q tank would be great. This gives you space to quarantine 2 fish at the same time. If you do, just make certain to add them at the same time and quarantine both for the 3 week period.
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:25 PM   #13
 
Why would you get a $500 tank for a quarantine? Just get a standard 29G.
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:39 AM   #14
 
Yeah, but it'll be in a separate room so going with the rsm just means i don't have to buy everything else for it, once i have used it for quarantine i can use it as a refugium or frag tank...

I thought the goal with quarantine was to keep stressed fish away from other fish because they are more susceptible to diseases, won't putting 2 fish in contradict that? And why 3 weeks?
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:46 AM   #15
 
Won't I be able to add the first fish in the main tank since it will have no fish in it already?

Sorry for all the questions, i am new.....:)
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:56 AM   #16
 
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I thought the goal with quarantine was to keep stressed fish away from other fish because they are more susceptible to diseases, won't putting 2 fish in contradict that? And why 3 weeks?
The primary goal with a quarantine is to allow a 3 week observation period, so that any parasites which are present on the fish have the opportunity to grow large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Anything less than 3 weeks and you are taking a risk that there are parasites present which have not exposed themselves for you to see.

I also agree that isolating a stressed fish from the display is important to allow the fish time to settle into captive life. This means learning the feeding schedule and foods provided, and being allowed a quite area away from the established pecking order of a display. I have never had issues adding 2 fish to a Q tank at the same time, probably because both fish are in a new environment. A pecking order does not come into play.

I would quarantine even the first fish. Why? Lets say you add the fish to the display, only to later see that this fish has ich. Ich can take a couple of weeks to be visible, so this is very possible, and occurs on a frequent basis in this hobby. So, you have now introduced ich into your display. Research is inconclusive on how long it takes to be "ich-free", but most of the recent reports suggest than an aquarium needs to show no signs of ich for 90 days if you want to be 100% certain the parasites will not reinfect the fish. 90 days. Plus, you have to decide how to treat a fish for ich in an aquarium with live rock and inverts. So, by placing a fish into quarantine for 3 weeks, you are elminating a lot of potential hassle.

One thing we have not discussed is a UV STerilizer. This is an optional piece of equipment that probably only 10-20% of us use. I am, however, an extremely big believer in a UV. The UV kills most disease causing pathogens, helping to prevent the spread of disease from one fish to another. I run a UV on my display tanks, including reef. I am such a believer that I would not run a marine system without one. I also spot treat my quarantine for a few days following the removal of livestock. You can buy a UV online for about $100, including bulb.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:30 AM   #17
 
The display tank will have a heater/chiller/uv sterilizer in one teco unit. Could you recommend any good marine plants to grow once all the fish have been added? Ones that I can harvest to feed the tangs and other fish.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:41 AM   #18
 
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I have never grown macroalgae's. OF2F, any input?
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #19
 
I do already have an empty 10 gallon tank, will that be big enough for a quarantine?
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:19 PM   #20
 
Also, will a 50% water change every month be good, is this a lot or not much water changing?
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