Discussion in 'New Hobbyists' started by beredovon, Feb 28, 2018.
Looking for advice how to set up a QT?
Keep it as simple and sterile as possible. Put a piece of floss or sponge in the display to collect beneficial bacteria. Place it in a HOB filter on the QT to cycle. No sand, rock or ornaments. Just a couple pieces of PVC to give them a place to rest and feel safe. Heater for obvious reasons. Power head for gas exchange and aeration. Ghost feed the tank to keep the beneficial bacteria going. Test your parameters to make sure that they are where they need to be. Acclimate one fish and release it into the QT. Observe it for illness, injury or disease for at least four weeks before acclimating and releasing into your display. That's about it. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them here. Slow and steady is the name of the game in this hobby.
Keep in mind the size fish you wish to keep. Large fish are not going to do well in a 10 gal tank. Also, best practice is to QT 1 fish at a time. Best not to place multiple fish in QT.
just a 2 clownfish What medication I can put in water? copper med?
Can I put copper med in qt tank for a clownfish?
I am thingking to set up a 10g Tank and use the DT tank water 50/50 and new salt mix water, 50w heater,a small powerhead, a sponge filter with air pump and a pvc pipe ? its that simple and good? what med is recommended? brand? copper med?
Display tank water holds no beneficial bacteria to help the cycle. That's why a sponge or filter floss is used. Despite some popular opinions I wouldn't treat for anything that you don't know the fish even have to begin with. That's why you put them into quarantine for a minimum of four weeks. To observe for any signs of illness. I'd leave all medications out and just let the fish recuperate from all the stress of being caught and transported several times before it reached you. If it has Ich, it should reveal itself within two weeks.
I agree don’t add copper unless you need it, it is toxic. Observe the fish very closely several times a day. If the fish shows no sign of disease for 30 days it is safe to add. In my opinion it is good to have the meds on hand, I like copper safe. You need an appropriate test kit for copper as well. For chelated copper like copper safe I believe it is the API test kit. For cupramine I believe the SeaChem is the correct test kit. I also like to have Prazipro on hand. I would also purchase a SeaChem ammonia badge. You just hang it in the tank and it monitors ammonia. You need to act immediately if any ammonia is detected.
The one thing that I might recommend is to get some Kent's Garlic and add a drop or two to the food and let it marinate in it for several hours before feeding. It's a natural way to help build the fish's immune system that won't hurt the fish or the tank any.
Won't long term use of garlic have adverse affects on the fishes health? I remember Beth advising against it..
Long term not good but it can sometimes entice fish to start eating. I haven’t see solid research that indicates it builds their immune system but if it gets them eating it is worth it for a short time. I’d be more inclined to use selcon for long term health. A high quality varied diet will do more than anything. Frozen foods, no brine shrimp and minimal flakes or pellets. I feed mine flakes and pellets once a week so they are used to eating them. I can then use an auto feeder when I am out of town and they will eat the food. That way I don’t need to rely on my husband or kids to feed them correctly.
The only garlic that is really beneficial is freshly minced garlic. Bottle garlic just does not have the any of the medicinal effects. And minced needs to be done then immediately served. Selcon or Zoecon is your best supplement, particular for fish prone to HLLE.
Nothing like hyposalinity in the QT to stimulate appetite.
I agree that long term Garlic isn't the best. Even my LFS suggested that anything more than a couple of weeks was not good. Also I only dose a drop or two in the food source itself and let it marinate for a few hours in the fridge.
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