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Quarantine tank set up

Discussion in 'Newbies Corner' started by Roxborough Reefer, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. After reading a lot of forum threads of sick and dead fish etc.. I understand the importance of quarantining of fish prior to introducing them into your tank. How do I set up a QT in an economical way? Should I take advantage of the sales this weekend at Petsmart of buying a 10 gallon aquarium kit for 50% off? If you quarantine, what is your methods and set up?

    Thanks in advance

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  2. Legonch

    Legonch Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Or.....buy fish and corals from me. All my fish go through 30 days qt. Fish are medicated for ich, velvet, and parasites. Totally clean fish when their sold. All corals go through a 30 day qt as well and are dipped 3-4 times during

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  3. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Even when buying from a reputable vendor that QTs their new arrivals well, it's still important to have at least an observational QT setup for no less than 2 weeks because you never know what they might have missed

    The cheapest method is to buy a 10-40 gallon tank (depends on the size of your main tank), a HOB filter that you can use to run carbon to remove any medicines (the ones with the bio wheel are nice because you can still run them without carbon for extra filtration and water movement), a heater adequate for the tank size, a light of any kind to inspect the fish (a 5w LED clamp on is adequate), a sponge filter that you keep in your main tank sump until you get a new arrival, an air pump to drive the sponge filter, and some non-porous hiding places like some PVC fittings.

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  4. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    There is a fantastic thread on this on reef2reef. Its worth checking out.
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  5. That sounds better. I look forward to a future business interaction.

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  6. I will review. Thank you for the suggestion.

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  7. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    I personally believe all tanks have something. In order to make sure not illnesses are present you would have to QT every snail,shrimp,coral,fish,and rock. There is even speculation certain parasites can survive in frozen food. Far fetch in my opinion but just adds to the list.

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  8. Legonch

    Legonch Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I don’t miss anything. Ever. My fish are clean when they leave. I’d have no problem dropping any of my fish for sale in my own system.

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  9. ReefCheif

    ReefCheif Shark Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thats a pretty bold statement, and something id have to disagree with completely. I dont care who you are, how you QT or how long you QT, your NOT gonna catch everything and suggesting otherwise and telling hobbiest theres no need to QT if buying from you is just irresponsible as a vendor. Any experienced hobbiest or professional knows the #1 rule of this game is QT, regardless of where the livestock came from.
  10. Legonch

    Legonch Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    It is a bold statement I agree. Of course you can qt after buying fish from me, that’s your choice. But no need to.

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  11. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I agree with this.

    A good vendor QT may eliminate the need to proactively treat with meds, but it doesn't eliminate the need for QT. You need some time to observe the fish to make sure nothing got missed, you need a place of no competition to transition onto the food you plan to use, and you need a place that won't foul your main tank if it dies from shipping stress.

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  12. Legonch

    Legonch Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    All good information here. It’s so sad and frustrating to hear of people losing all of their livestock due to velvet and or ich etc. that’s a big reason I started doing all this.

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  13. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

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  14. Because of the great advice I got in this thread and the link that was shared by SynDen. I got a used 12 gallon JBJ nano glass aquarium. It came with a Aquaclear HOB filter. After cleaning it, the only thing I need is a light and heater. Thanks everyone.

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  15. Hal3134

    Hal3134 Registered Users

    10g or 20l for tank. Heater, air bubbler, powerhead (from experience my fish did much better in QT with good water flow. And then add pvc and plastic plants to break up the sight lines and provide hiding spaces. This also was a major upgrade to my success: (plastic plants) to break up sight lines. Finally, if in a busy location, blackout or otherwise cover 3 sides of the tank.

    My QT procedure is, upon receipt, a bath in Safety Stop ( part 1 is formalin, part 2 is methylene blue). Then tank transfer for 14 days with Prazipro on the 2nd and 4th transfer. Never had ich or velvet in my DT.
  16. DyM

    DyM Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Had I known this 6-12 months ago, I would have ordered all my fish through @Legonch Emerald Reef Supply. So if a fish normally goes for $80, it's worth double that if someone QT's it correctly for 30 days. Here's why. First, there is a high mortality rate of fish in the first 30 days. Most business that deal with fish are what I call "burn and turn" as it's received on Thursday, quick QT/ Dip, and it's in a tank to sell for the Friday crowds. Fish going from ocean to your tank go through a lot, it's stressful, and it happens... fish die. When I order fish online, I often order 20-30% more knowing some will die. Yes, you'll get credit, but it happens... even with Diver's Den who does a good job at QT.

    Second, you have to buy all the chemicals/treatments - like what Hal3134 mentions. That's a cost.

    Third, there is much debate on how long to QT - from 3-6 weeks. It's not hard, but a pain. Think of feeding two tanks, and depending on setup, taking care of two tanks. It's not like you're getting one batch of fish, most likely x2-4 batches so several months... believe me, I am dealing with this now. How much is your time worth?

    Forth, in 4 weeks, a fish is settled in and eating. In addition to stress/disease, this is the second most important reason for QT, especially when adding fish in a tank that already has fish. They have to "hold its own", compete for food and not get bullied. All these factors is a circle - fish that are stressed, are more susceptible to disease. Diseased or stressed fish don't eat well, fish that don't eat are even more stressed, and more susceptible to disease/ All this leads to a loss. It's a hard cycle to break once it starts.

    I lost about 25 fish due to not QTing correctly and getting velvet. One mistake here in this area could be costly, and painful to watch.

    All reefers should have a permanent QT setup. I would get fish from Lagonch, and keep them in a tank for one week just to ensure they are eating your food, and use to your water. That is sooo much easier than doing the whole QT process.
  17. Legonch

    Legonch Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member


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  18. flagg37

    flagg37 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    @Legonch, thank you for taking the time and extra effort to do your best to ensure that you are offering your customers a healthy product. I’ll have to look into what you have to offer.

    That being said, I consider it my responsibility to ensure the safety of my livestock and never 100% trust anyone else to do this. Many times I will add something without qt but I consider it a calculated risk based on certain factors.

    To the op, it depends on what you’re trying to keep from coming in to better tailor your qt method to.
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  19. DyM

    DyM Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    So true!!!! Reefing principle to live by. Instead of pointing the finger one has to point both thumbs back, and know it's up to you, always to QT correctly.
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