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setting up a qt tank.

I just got my 75 up and going a couple months now and I'm starting to add fish. So I thought it would be best to set up my old 29 with my ehiem 2232 as a qt tank since I'm not going to put all the fish in there at once. But the thing is I don't know much about a qt tank. I used the search here but really didn't bring anything up as to answer my questions about it. Here are some questions I have about it if someone with knowledge would kindly help me out with.

1. How long should I keep my fish/shrimp in it?
2. I've always drip acclimated, will I need to drip twice now? Once for qt tank and once for main tank?
3. Bare bottom or I have some flourite left over?
Also, would a 10 gallon be fine for a qt tank? I don't plan on adding more than say at most 7-8 fish at a time?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 06:01 PM
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Good question. I'm somewhat curious about keeping a QT as well. Once you've finished quarantining new fish, how do you keep the bacteria in the QT alive? I'm assuming you have to leave some fauna in there to keep the tank cycled...
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There are multiple ways to do it and there are some very good posts here.

This is my favorite QT thread
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=138137

Personally, I QT for 30 days and I treat prophylactically with flubendazole and copper. I prefer the QT tank planted, but I'm using a bare bottom QT at the moment with some floating plants and java moss covered driftwood.

I don't drip acclimate, but I move fish out of QT on the same day that I do water changes in all my tanks, so the water quality/characteristics are close to identical.

I've used a 29, 20L, and a 10 for QT - depends on how large the fish and how many fish. I pull already "seeded" sponge filters and canister filter media to set up a QT tank quickly and CLOSELY monitor the water quality with an API test kit. I may change 50%+ of the water anywhere from daily to once per week, depending.

If I want to keep a QT tank running, I just keep some misc "extra" fish in the tank over time - but remember that any sudden bioload increase may overwhelm the filter!

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Thanks, I was looking for a post like that and couldn't find it! That answers my questions, now all I have to get is a sponge filter and set my 10 gal as the bare bottom and my 29 as my planted qt tank. Then I guess when my 75 is fully stocked I'll just have to convert my 29 to a plant grow out tank.

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That's what I use my 29 for - a plant grow out and then as a QT if I pick up new fish unexpectedly or I have some "surprise" fry.
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