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How long can I add different fish?

Okay. I wonder if there should be a cycling forum on here.

So, post cycling, I added two rummy nose tetras. They lived. A few days later, I added two more to their little developing school so they would feel secure.

Now they are all swimming together happily; their noses are still red which is a good sign. How long until I can add more fish? I want to add my glo fish. I REALLY want to add my glow fish. (Did I mention I want to add my glo fish)?

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From a cycling standpoint, you're probably fine to add the glofish if you completed a fishless cycle and your tank can metabolize at least 2ppm ammonia into nitrate per day.

From a health standpoint, I'd make sure to quarantine all new fish for about 4 weeks before adding them, however. (Do you already have these glofish?)





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From a cycling standpoint, you're probably fine to add the glofish if you completed a fishless cycle and your tank can metabolize at least 2ppm ammonia into nitrate per day.

From a health standpoint, I'd make sure to quarantine all new fish for about 4 weeks before adding them, however. (Do you already have these glofish?)
Well my ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite just stay at zero.

I do not have the glofish yet. I also do not have a quarantine tank. The glofish need to be in a minimum 15 gallon tank, so I would have to buy a 15 gallon tank just to quarantine. Or can you quarantine them in a smaller tank than what they should be in? Can I get by with putting five glo fish in a five gallon quarantine tank? Seems a little cruel. I guess that would kind of make me feel bad. Geesh. Quarantine for a month really? If I could do a five gallon, I could put it on my nightstand. Still feel bad though.

I am trying to think where I could put the quarantine tank. I would fill it with water from the main tank right? I do have an extra filter.

This is a little depressing. I just wanted some fish. I did not know I would need two tanks (that I can't afford) and would have to spend like two months to get the fish I want.

Thanks for your help!

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10 gallon tanks are pretty cheap at walmart and local pet stores. Craigslist is also a great place. Some petstores sell sponge filters and you could use one on your main tank to seed it then put it in your QT then you'd just need an air stone and a cheap heater.

See what you can find on craigslist


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Okay thanks. I went on craigslist and they had big tanks (I wish).

There is a 15 - ten gallon at petsmart. I do need a hood/cover though and a light.

I already have an internal filter from a previous juncture. If I put that for a day or two in my main tank, can I then switch that to the quarantine tank to seed it? Then how long would I have to run it before I can put in the new glo fish into the quarantine tank?

Ich takes up to 30 days to develop right? And if after days, they do not have ich, I am good to go yes?

I decided that instead of buying the expensive glofish at one of the tropical stores, I would just get them at PetSmart where it is about $5 cheaper per fish. The last of my money was to go towards the fish. However, I can make up the difference if I buy the cheaper, potentially diseased, fish at PetSmart to put in the quarantine tank and then spend the difference on the 10 gallon quarantine.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Will need to run the internal filter from previous tank for two week's (minimum)in cycled tank to ensure it is seeded.
No need for light over quarantine (just sayin) but will need heater.
Failure to quarantine has resulted in more than a few folk's winding up with whole tank of sick fishes.
This to me,,would be more of a bummer than a few week's of quarantine to keep disease out of main display tank.
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Okay thanks.

So get cheap quarantine tank today. Set up. Put in filter (can I not just do the bacteria again also)? Run two weeks. Get cheaper petsmart glofish. Run four weeks? Add to main tank.

Okay.

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Thanks everyone. I plan to wait now.

I do have a friend who was a fish store employee for quite a while. She advised not quarantining and there is some info online about not quarantining because they say it stresses the fish even MORE out. Ack. Now I am so undecided. I plan on just waiting.

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