Ideal setup for a Q tank

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  1. Furbz

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    i have a 30l tank i have set up for a Q tank.
    i am medicating a black percular clown with a fungal/bacterial infection in and around his mouth.

    she has been treated with myaxin for 5 days. this little guy litterally has been broughtback from the dead.
    it started out with such a bad infection it couldn't close its mouth.
    now it can close its mouth and only has a bit of the bacteria left around its mouth.
    she seems pretty active and is eating which is a good sign.
    she is looking like she is on the road to recovery and will hopefully make a lovely new addition to my tank.

    anyway, i am looking for the best way i could set my Q tank up for this guy.
    currently i have bits of PVC piping for him to hide in.
    a heater (temp. 26)
    a bubblier.

    should i keep him under lights? (thought this might add to stress levels)
    should i have flow in the Q tank? if so, light or heavy flow?

    anything else i should keep in mind?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You can up the temperature to 28-29 degrees (what i use to do with my QT tanks)
    1 actinic T8 bulb will be sufficient,
    Maybe a kg of LR.
    Little-medium flow.
    Low salinity around 1.020
     
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    mekaeel could you explain why you would do the above?
     
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    Light for viewing
    LR for filteration.
    High temp and low SG to help destress the fish.
    The flow to assist in detritus settlement.
    Keep in mind regular water changes :)
     
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    Ok you are currently using your QT tank as a hospital tank, normal QT water condition should be the same as the tank you will put the fish in. As if you have high temp and low SG you will just stress the fish out when you move them again. A QT tank is just that to Quarantine new fish to see if they have got any bugs etc. If the fish is sick then maybe start changing water contidions in the tank.
     
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    use copper
     
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    That would be the last option ,only used under extreme circumstances ;)
     
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    I wouldn't put in Live Rock, although it is great for filtration it will allow parasites a substrate to breed in. The PVC is great for hiding/ sleeping.
     
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    No LR would be better, as if you have a sick fish and then treat it with chemicals, you will have to throw away the LR later, as what if you get some new corals or shrimp that you want to quarantine, the chemicals will still be in the LR.
     
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    i'm with warr, 32mm a couple of 32mm and 50mm pvc pipes cut into few cm will do the job

    check out JB STAMP near moolis's shop, cheap prices
     
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    at the moment the hospital tank has the same conditions as my display tank.
    apart from having myxazin in it.
    and the fish looks like she is making a recovery in it so not sure it will be to necessary to go changing things just yet.
    keeping an eye on her as she is still sick.
    i know her partner (who had the same illness, didnt make it past day 1)

    however, she is making visible improvements by the day.

    any other ideas woth noting?
    how long should i leave her in Quarentine once she is heathly? i really dont want her to infect my other livestock
     
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    Furbz - keep her in there for at least 10 days or so... she should recover fully within 5 to 7 days.... Just remember to do a part water change every 2 to 3 days....
     
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    Dude.I've had QT tanks aswell as hospital tanks for over 5 years. Live rock is the best filteration!What filteration does PVC have to offer?
     
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    Furbz: I'd keep the params the same as your main tank, keep treating with the myxazin. Also 1 small clown in the QT isn't going to make to much mess, so if you're thinking of putting in LR for filtration first test for nitrates etc.

    As long as she's eating I suspect she will make a full recovery. Beautiful fish :thumbup:
     
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    By the way,everything i mentioned above applies more to a hospital tank rather than a QT tank
     
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    Yeah but if you have a fish with whitespot the idea is not having any "living" substrate for the parasite to continue it's live cycle. If you have the LR you going infect the QT or hospital tank and not break the cycle.
     
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    Hi Furbz, I'm in the same boat here as I'm busy setting up a QT tank, maybe these Qs can help everyone?

    Guys, what is the best method to use in a QT tank to prevent any desease, fungal, bacteria or parasite from surviving on a new speciment and infecting your main tank.

    1. Should you do a FW dip before placing livestock into QT?

    2. Should a QT tank have a Lowered SG?

    3. Should copper only be used if problem detected? or can it just be used as a preventative ?

    4. Light = Low - Med - Strong?

    5. Substrate?

    6. UV Light (unless medication says otherwise)?


    If you can answer as per questions number, this would really help.

    Thanks
     
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    IMO

    1.Yes RO dip
    2. Yes
    3. Never have used it, so no comment
    4. Run power compacts just to give the fish a day and night cycle, but don't see any other benefit
    5. NO substrate, you are giving the parasite somewhere to go and live or continue their life cycle
    6. Yes, UV filter
     
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    Please guys don't get mixed up between a QT tank and a hospital tank. When you get anything new fish or coral you should quarantine it. If the fish gets sick then you can easily treat it it as it will be in the QT. Their is no need to stress the fish out even more by changing the water perams. The hole idea is to see it the fish or coral u bought is 100% and not going to introduce something into your tank that you don't want.
     
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    When you say changing parameters are you talking about the lower salinity ?

    If yes, most fish like the lower salinity.
     
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