Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette.

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  1. dallasg

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    Problem is not anyone has

    1. time
    2. money
    3. space

    for a qt tank. We all know its a good idea to have one, but not very practical for most.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i agree, but it should be a factor in the deciding process of lfs's to actually do it :p
     
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    Lets not go there again :p
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    true, when in the UK i found most, ok 3, i visited actually had QT systems in the back and those werent forsale...
    @viper357 i am sure can vouch
     
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    I know most guys generally stick the new fish in their sump area for a while and use that as a QT tank.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    another quick way around it is something i am trying as recommended from a colleague , is a new fish is taken from the bag, FW dip then into DT, FW will kill most but like the article states, target the threat for the fish , eg clowns
     
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    1. time
    OK doing bucket method is time and a schlep. But running a 60 to 100L tank separate? Feeding the fish there for 6 weeks minimum. That is not a lot of time. OK, water changes... Yeah, some time is needed. 20minutes every second or third day?

    2. money
    For less than R1000 you can setup an old 60L Daro tank, simple filtration, cheapo light, small powerhead. What is R1000 compared to the value of 10+ grown out big fish? Yes R1000 to QT a Damsel is does not justify the cost, but you must compare the cost to the value of the fish in the display, not the newcomer.

    3. space
    Can you not setup space in your garage for a 60L tank?
     
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    i normally FW dip them before adding. touch wood. haven't had a break out of anything yet.
     
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    Running a second tank is not as simple as that, there are a lot of issues to consider...
     
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    like?

    the more reasons the more info
     
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    I wouldnt run a tank in the garage, it gets so cold in there. In the house u have a chance if the power fails. The garage is dirty, even if u close the top u will still get stuff in there. Dont have space in the garage like most people I imagine. The garage gets petrol fumes every now and again. The lights go on at random times in the garage, startles the fish. I can go all day long...

    With all that said. I 100% agree that a QT tank is a great idea especially if u have expensive (or even inexpensive) fish
     
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    Think about what you just said.... Won't the fumes from your car affect the tank? Like as in kill what you are trying to Quarantine?
     
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    I had my frag tank that I later converted to a pony tank in the garage for yonks.
    I dont see you getting much fumes in the garage unless you are sitting there idling a car for yonks.

    As for lights.
    I would assume that most of us have our tank in the lounge and people put lights on and off all the time in their house at night and that doesn't seem to bother the fish in the slightest.

    If it gets cold put in a heater, if it gets hot open the garage door and you will prob get more fresh air over a tank with the garage door open than you would in your house through a window.

    No more dust than the rest of the house I would assume.....

    I would however consider the following:
    1. Having a separate QT tank will give you different water parameters from the DT so this may once again shock the fish if not properly introduced into the main tank.

    Had a power blue in my QT tank for yonks - 12 weeks or more.
    Did super in there, no white spot, looked healthy and was happy.
    Stuck it into my DT and boom white spot and dead within a week. :whistling::blush::whistling:
     
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    Newbie (curious) question: probably would not be a good idea to put the QT tank "in line" with the DT and Sump circulation (or is it?). If the answer is no, then for 6 weeks quarantine, do you need to treat the QT tank as normal tank ? Add skimmer, circulation, etc ?

    Just wondering how this QT is supposed to function ...
     
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    yonks? Must be westrand thing :D
     
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    QT tank is 100% stand alone
     
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    OK, garage or anywhere else.

    My car stays outside...

    Anyway, back of the car is at garage door, Tank in front of the car. Unless you idle your car for 5 minutes or more in the morning inside a closed up garage. That will affect the fish. But we tend to open the door, start the car, and go.

    Cold, yes, heater is needed, and it will consume some. Lights, yes.
    Other room, like spare bedroom as better. As long as it is not close to your current setup. It lessens the change of cross contamination. At worst, even a space in a Wendy house.
     
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    I only quarantine fish that go into my FO tank, because it's got multiple species that are whitespot magnets and I want to keep it out of the system. I just put stuff straight into my reef tank because it's basically all disease resistant species (wrasses, hawkfish, Genicanthus angels, Centropyge). I highly recommend quarantining if you're keeping or planning to keep multiple surgeons (especially powder blues, browns, regals etc) and butterflies.
     
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    What is the main purpose of the QT ? Calm fish down ? Get them eating ? Clear out any contaminents from previous tank/water it was in ? Still no guarantee the fish will be 100% after spending time in a QT right ?

    Also, do inverts, corals, etc need to be in QT as well ?
     
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