this is exactly what I do. i leave my Q-tank empty until I need it. the only other thing i might do is put the media into a little filter bag since i used a different type of filter for the smaller tank. since i always have a bunch of java moss (as well as hornwort, salvinia - plants that don't need substrate) laying around i usually throw tons of that in along with a couple ceramic pots.I don't bother. I just bring over some cycled media from another tank if I need to, plus some live plant clippings if I have any extras. I'll also generally pull over water from the main tank- whether QTing a sick fish or introducing new fish, this helps reduce acclimation stress.
I like keeping bare-bones tanks that are easy to keep clean, and break down and set back up very quickly.
Ditto. Sometimes I'll just take a bit of gravel from one of my cycled tanks and pop it in the QT filter, and / or squeeze out a sponge into the QT tank that needs to be cleaned anyway, etc. Plant / moss trimmings are good too. Like LauraLee I leave the bottom of the tank bare so it cleans really easily.this is exactly what I do.
That's a bit lean. If you are using the typical 10% ammonia solution most of us buy, 1ml in 1g gives about 25ppm of ammonia. There are usually about 25 drops/ml, so that means each drop gives about 1ppm/gallon. So 3 drops will keep the colony alive in a 10g, but at fairly low levels. However, it's probably a big enough colony that you could get it near "full strength" within 3 days by dumping in 5ppm of ammonia each day.If I remember correctly..........
To do fishless cycle you add 6 drops of ammonia per 10 gallons of water daily until the nitrites spike then do a 50% water change. Then use 3 drops of ammonia per day to maintain the bio.
That's the idea!This will create a fast 'cycled' environment for sick fish, right?
You can put the fish in there immediately, just remember, it's a good idea to use main tank water to fill or at least partially fill the QT so the conditions remain as similar as possible to the tank the fish came from. and then just top off the main tank. (or do a water change )I still have a couple questions:
1) Can the fish be put in there immediately, or does the tank need to settle at all?
If you put plant in there you'll want some form of lighting so that the plants don't die, because decaying plants are going to make for poor water conditions which will not help your sick fish. If there are no plants, you probably don't need a light, but you could set up like a desk lamp or something. One thing I will mention though is that it might be worth picking up a 10g tank at walmart (they're like 10 or 12 dollars) and using that as your QT so that you can actually see how the fish that you are curing look, it's hard to tell how well they're healing (or if they're getting worse) if you can't see them properly.2) Also, I've heard people say that QTs don't need lighting, but then they say that fish should be kept in the QT for at least 4 weeks to make sure they have fully recovered; is it really alright for the fish to live that long without light? (I'm especially concerned because me Q-'tank' is an opaque storage bucket, so it wouldn't be getting much of even ambient room light.)
Well the way I see it is that you wouldn't necessarily want to make your QT permenantly scaped. Plant it with clippings from your other tank with the thought that you might have to medicate. After that you can start all over if the plants and/or snail are killed. I have a catchall tank that regularly gets clippings from my main tank and I use it as a QT tank. If I loose everything in it then I don't mind all that much.....If you keep your QT with inverts (snails) and planted, how do you medicate, if it comes to that? Isn't medication hard on most plants and inverts?