QT Must Haves?

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  1. vatso

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    Hi all

    what is recommended in a QT tank?

    I am going to use my 250Lt old tanks as a QT tank

    I will be running a skimmer & one 5000Lt pump.

    No Sand no rocks? - I will be doing weekly water changes taking water from my new tank. so will be doing close on 50% water change per week.
     
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    Some peices of T and L bend pvc peices for fish to hide in
     
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    No rocks, no sand - only plastic ornaments for the fish to hide in. If you need to quarentine corals, you'll need a good light as well. And yes, we are "supposed" to quarentine corals as well cause there might be parasites, nudies, eggs of something bad, crabs, etc on/in the piece of rock where the coral is on.
     
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    Barebottom.
    Syhon clean the bottom daily. Ensuring that hiding places are also syphoned. So you will do a DAILY waterchange. Every day top up back from display for water syphoned. Just check your salanity. Because you do not top up with RO, the SW level will rise. So check that.

    Powerheads with sponge filters. Clean filters daily. Like those used in most LFS. The spnge should be fine enough to catch the white spot cysts.

    Hiding place.

    Heater.
     
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    Vatso get some SeaChem Purigen. Works like a charm.

    I'm currently using the following in my 60L QT.

    Heater
    Internal Filter with carbon and filterfloss
    Purigen 250ml
    Small 50l/h pump blowing on the purigen

    I do 10% water changes every week and everything is working fine.
     
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    how long should fish & corals be in QT?
     
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    5-6 weeks to be safe ;)
     
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    An alternative for the corals is an iodene solution dip if i remember correctly, i think TM has a product, am looking into it for my new system.

    Agree that 5 -6 weeks is ideal for QT

    i would look at adding a small airstone in the system to up the O2 content and of course a heater is a must.

    If you treat with copper based meds (which is the major advantage of a QT tank) be very carefull what you QT in the future many corals and all inverts die if exposed to high copper levels
     
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    I want to run a UV light on the QT as well how many people run UV on there QT?
     
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    UV light - wasting your time. Tube only effective for 3 months. So one month later tube only 66% effective. Also DOC in water also blocks the UV radiation. Making it only 50% effective after one month. And Glass tube builds a film covering it, thereby blocking even more light. Unless you want to strip the unit every week and clean the glass tube. So actually even before 3 months the tube is useless.

    A powerhead with sponge filter is more effective. Providing you clean the sponge every day. But that is a hell of a lot easier that stripping a UV light.
     
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    Thanks RiaanP now that I did not know

    I like sponge filters to be honest & to clean then every day is not such an issue
     
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