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Sand in QT tank?

I just got my second 29g for my dual tank stand, i have a few choices for substrates, first, i have a 50lb bag of sand, about 20lbs of 3/5" river gravel, or no substrate at all, mind you the only plants in this tank will be floating.
i think im going to go with sand. it will be interesting since it will be on the bottom of the stand.
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its best to run quarantine tanks bare bottomed. this way the substrate doesn't absorb medications.
plus this makes it easier to vaccum the bottom when you are quarantining fish.

many medications will also kill plants..particularly ones containing copper.
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I figured most meds could damage plants, ill just use some gravel to start the cycle, and when i need to treat the tank ill move my floating plants out.
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If you're actually gonna do a QT, then it should be totally barren. Also, it should be empty and cleaned out in between when you do/don't use it (no biological filter capacity of any kind due to the lack of bacteria).

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keep the gravel in a small dish so you can remove it easily. I always find removing gravel is a pain.
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Why wouldn't you use any substrate in QT tank?! How are you supposed to relieve the fish's stress if it's bare bottom and there is no plant cover for saftey?
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There's a few reasons why you wouldn't use gravel/substrate in a QT:

Some medication actually binds to the substrate, making you dose more than you actually need. Over time, or with the introduction of other chemicals in the tank, it might even leech back into the water, becoming bonded to another element.

Another reason to do so is certain parasite/virus can survive in the nutrient rich bed (whether dormant or in larval form), until a suitable host comes alone (i.e. a sick fish).

Also, the substrate makes it harder to clean the tank, since with prolonged treatments, you will have to clean the tank constantly.

BTW, when I said barren, I was referring to bare-bottom. You can still add plastic plants/mops, which can provide a safe haven for the fish (just make sure you boil them before/after each treatment).

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and like I said, you can paint the bottom of the tank (from the outside) so the fish don't see a bottomless pit, or a reflection.
PVC pipes make great 'caves' and tend not to absorb stuff. if they so, PVC is really cheap, so you just cut off some more caves.

Basically a Q-tank should be able to be completely torn down after use for disinfection. If you use substrate, you'd need to toss it and replace with fresh..so it's easier to skip using any substrate.
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Yep, i had the to paint the bottom of my 260 gallon predator tank, i think i used like 4 cans of hunter green paint on the whole thing! Anyways, i decided to use the 29 as another planted tank, or i might start another reef eitherway i still have my measily 10gal qt tank.
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Yep, i had the to paint the bottom of my 260 gallon predator tank, i think i used like 4 cans of hunter green paint on the whole thing! Anyways, i decided to use the 29 as another planted tank, or i might start another reef eitherway i still have my measily 10gal qt tank.
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