- Jun 5, 2019
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- Cypress / Katy
Got it..... What's the recommended amount of time for them to be in a QT?You don't HAVE to but suppose your very first fish comes in with velvet or ich. Now your tank is infected and every subsequent fish you add will get infected. So you have to wait approx 60-90 days for the parasites to die off. I forget the exact length but its available online.
Its always a gamble regardless of the source of your animals.
QT can be as simple as a 20g with hang on filter and a small heater.
I would just to observe and to make sure nothing slipped through.@Steve: I just set my QTs last night. (2 x 20gal tanks with HOB and heater. I also added ammonia pads).
If the plan is to do TTM, after the fourth and last transfer, that would be roughly 12 days. Do I have to keep the fish an additional 15 days in observation for a total of 30 days or can I move them to DT after those 12 days?
Last, I got some bio bricks instead of the filter pads (Dang.. those throw away pads would have been great). I assume no parasites would host in it as it would a pad, correct? Therefore I don't need to bleach them during my QT period? Or should I just keep those bricks in my DT's sump and get some pads instead that I can easily throw away?
You're on my side of town, I will gladly give you one of my used filter pads and a scoop of sand to help the cycle out. Pm me if you're interested.Thanks ITreefer, I planed on using a bottle of Biospira. I have not heard about using pad/floss from an established tank. That's a good tip but unfortunately that is not something I have access to.
What everyone else said. Always QT in a separate tank. It's easy to clean out a 10g tank if it gets infested with parasites. The only thing you can do if they get in your display tank is wait......and wait......for at least 90 days with no fish. Plus, if you treat your display tank with copper, it will get in your rock and sand, and you can't ever have coral after that. Glass bare bottom QT is the only way to go. You can build an adequate QT setup for less than $50 bucks.Would I have to QT the 1st fish that I plan to keep? Please correct me if I am way off with my thinking. I assumed that because they are no other fish in the tank, there would be no other fish that would be in danger of greeting sick. Once I have had those fish for a month or 2, then I would consider adding additional fish.
Would these work OK for these purposes? I am sure there has to be smaller ones and larger quatity, but can't seem to find it now.
Found these as well. Would a single bio-ball of these do the trick for a 20gal tank? I can keep the rest in my DT sump and use one for each QT tank. If I need to use a new bio-ball for each tank and throw-away / replace with a new one for each water/tank change during the TTM process, these seems like a better option?