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I am working my way out of an outbreak of Ick in my 50. I am going to get a 5 or 10 this weekend and make it into a QT.

That said, I will likely only use the QT 2 or 3 times a year. Do you cycle the QT and maintain it with just water? Or, do you set it up each time you need to use it? It takes 6 weeks to cycle a tank plus or minus. I am wondering how to do this without having another tank running.

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Search: Quarantine tank. It'll answer the questions you have now and the ones you haven't thought of yet.

I keep mine running, with MTS, Ramshorns, 5 zebra danios and RCS I'm growing out. Others prefer to run a sponge filter in their main tank and move that into it when needed.
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If you will only run it a couple of times a year and with just a few fish, then keep it in storage until needed.
Get an Aquaclear filter.
When you are ready to use it take a little filter media from your cycled tank and put it in the Aquaclear. These filters have a large chamber so you can fit almost anything in there. No cartridge needed.

Bare bottom. Just a rock or two in case the fish want to hide.
Trimmings from the main tank. Let them float. If the trimmings die, no big deal. They are additional material for the fish to hide in, and provide some cover from imagined predators, so the fish feels more secure.
Heater, perhaps a bit larger than average in case you need to crank up the heat to treat Ich.
Light, timer so the fish have a regular day/night schedule.
SEPARATE TOOLS from the main tank, gravel vac, 5 gallon bucket, net... Never share anything between Q-tank and main tank until you know the new fish are healthy.
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Will try and drive to town later today. I'll see about getting a 5, 7, or 10 tank, a heater, a small light, and some quar. tools. I am thinking of a foam filter. Never seen one in action but have read about them. That way when I need to use the QT I can put the foam filter in the big tank for a few days then use some water and foam filter on the QT and not worry with cycles.
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I would go with the 10g if you have the space. Usually they are just as cheap if not cheaper than the smaller sizes. You can also get a package deal on them at most stores that include everything.


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A couple of days in the main tank will not grow enough bacteria.
Water from the main tank does not contain a significant amount of bacteria.

Water in the Q-tank should match the water in the bag that the new fish are acclimated to.
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A couple of days in the main tank will not grow enough bacteria.
Water from the main tank does not contain a significant amount of bacteria.

Water in the Q-tank should match the water in the bag that the new fish are acclimated to.
OK, that makes sense. My 50 has a HOB filter and there is empty space behind the 4 filter elements. If I put the sponge filter in there and it lived in the HOB filter it should grow a good colony of bacteria and be ready for use.

I don't understand matching water in the bag. I thought the idea was to slowly add water from the tank into the bag and then finally put the fish from the bag into the tank.

So, I decide I need or want to use the QT I fill it with water from the 50, install the filter from storage in the 50 HOB, let the QT tank run like that and it should be cycled, right?
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You'll need to transfer some established media to the HOB if it's in storage. Water from the tank wont add any bacteria.

What a lot of people do is just run the "extra" filter on the main tank and then move it over completely to the QT. There may need to be some decontamination afterwards but it's a pretty simple changeover.
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[QUOTE=MarkM;4145066]OK, that makes sense. My 50 has a HOB filter and there is empty space behind the 4 filter elements. If I put the sponge filter in there and it lived in the HOB filter it should grow a good colony of bacteria and be ready for use.

50 is normal tank, QT is a 10, purchased today. I purchased a sponge filter with the tank. I will store the sponge in the HOB on the working 50g. I assume after several weeks that the filter sponge will have a nice bacteria colony. When I want to use the QT I will take water from the 50 and remove the sponge from the 50 HOB and install and start it in the QT.
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Sorry about that, didn't notice the part about the sponge. That should work in theory. I wouldn't worry about adding water though, just think of it as a near 100% water change for the fish.
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