Hospital and quarantine tanks

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  1. Zuna

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    Good morning ladies and gents

    Dont know it this topic has been brought up yet but any ways.
    i wanna setup the two tanks and i need to know the following.
    • what size must does the tanks have to be
    • do i have to put substrate in the quarantine tank
    • must the hospital tank need flow or can i just use airstones
    • do have to put live rock in the quarantine
    • how does the Hospital tank need to run before i can put sick fish in
    • do i do a 100% water change once the fish is cured
    • will hang on filters be fine for both
    • does it need lighting
    • does my salinity need to be a bit lower and the temp higher
    • can i treat more then one fish at a time if they have the same disease eg- white spots in the hospital tank
    Thanks ;)
     
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  3. Tony

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    See my answers in red Zuna

     
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    Very good questions and spot on replies.
     
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    thanks... anything else that i would need
     
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    thanks for some awsome questions , can anyone please tel me where a link is to read up more on quarintine tanks and diseases and the moetie you need to have to help sick fishes. i'm new to marines and the petshop i went to in nelspruit didn't even inform me about weekly water changes never mind qurintine tanks.
     
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    Great thread, a good idea to make sticky . . .
     
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    Patience! Quarantine is very important and everyone wants there new fish or coral to be in their display, but thats not the best for anyone! Congrats to you for asking and considering the life of the delicate creatures that we keep! A+ for attitude and effort! :thumbup:
     
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    would it be wish to make the hospital tank dark... as i read it help with curing white spots
     
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    A dark tank helps calm fish down but you will want a small light to observe their progress.
     
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    No, fish need light to eat, coral need light to survive. QT is a month minimum. Not a good idea to keep anything in the dark that long. A few days is fine, any longer, no.
     
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    okay... that another thing do you feed the fish when you treating them in the HT
     
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    You bet, food is just as important, if not more to combat any infection or disease. Just make sure you clean up the extra food and waste by siphoning it out on a regular basis.
     
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    Awesome :thumbup: that cleared up a whole lot of things for me.
    one other thing do you have to wait for the QT to cycle before you add the new arrivals to it
     
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    It is best to add a sponge from another filter that has beneficial bacteria on it. The hang on back filters such as the AquaClear are awesome filters for this. If you don't have the sponge for the bacteria, you will need to do large water changes often, and closely monitor your water parameters. A high ammonia spike is not going to do your livestock any good while in QT. Purigen by Seachem will help with ammonia if you don't have a tank that is cycled.
     
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    Great thread:thumbup:
     
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    Must agree to awesome thread...:bigthumbup:
     
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