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And for test kit. Including myself, I used the APi set. But you get mixed results. For a decent kit there’s the tropic Marin set. For nitrates the nyos is your best bet. This hobby is all about water quality and taking it slow. I rushed a lot on my tank until I had someone slap me across the face. This hobby is not a race. It’s Like a nicely aged fine wine.
 

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I can't think you guys enough for taking the time to give me some good advice. I didn't respond yesterday because I was busy setting up my quarantine tank - I had to buy & assemble a new stand, make the RO/DI water and salt water, etc.

My quarantine tank is a Fluval Spec 16 gallon peninsula-style tank with a built-in filtration chamber with a foam block, carbon insert and biomax insert. Will this be sufficient in place of a HOB filter?

I will order a sponge filter to add. I got my salinity and temperature matched to the DT and added bacteria last night and plan to move the two surviving fish over to QT tonight. My poor clown has tiny white spots all over him. I sure hope I can save him.

I started watching Reefdude's video and based on that I ordered Copper Power and Prazipro. I will order a copper tester and a Seachem ammonia alert badge this morning as well.
That tank is great for a QT. You don’t need an HOB if you have an all-in-one like that. Air pump driven sponge filter is still a good addition to both help with oxygenation (which some medicines deplete and stressed fish benefit from) and give you more surface area for bacteria. Other nice thing about a sponge filter (and that bag of biomax for that matter) is you can store both in your sump when your QT isn’t running. Then they’re ready to go whenever you need your QT. Instantly cycled with no need even for bottled bacteria. Regarding tests, I HIGHLY recommend you buy a Hanna checker for copper. It’s the only one that really works and it’s super important to get the copper level right. If you can afford it, get Hanna for Alk and ultra low Phosphorus too for your DT. I also have Hanna for Ca and NO3, but those are more nice-to-have instead of must-have. Salifert, Nyos, and Red Sea are good for those and Mg. Throw away the API tests. They’re literally garbage. We’re all pulling for you. Good luck and keep us posted!
 
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@BostonReefer300 I've got a sponge filter and Hanna copper checker on order for delivery by Friday. The Prazipro, Copper Power, and ammonia alert badge will all be delivered tomorrow.

I've got some PVC joints to place in the QT. What should the lighting schedule be for the QT?

I appreciate the recommendations for the testing equipment. I was already eyeing the "Randy's Select Test Kit Bundle" on Bulk Reef Supply for $175
  • Hanna Alkilinity Colorimeter
  • Hanna Phosphate Colorimeter
  • Red Sea Calcium test kit
  • Aquaforest Magnesium test kit
  • NYOS Nitrate test kit
Exactly the items & brands you recommended except the Aquaforest. I'll purchase this in a few weeks after I extinguish the fire that is my checking account. (I knew this hobby was expensive, but I certainly underestimated it o_O)

Thanks for the support!
 

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@BostonReefer300 I've got a sponge filter and Hanna copper checker on order for delivery by Friday. The Prazipro, Copper Power, and ammonia alert badge will all be delivered tomorrow.

I've got some PVC joints to place in the QT. What should the lighting schedule be for the QT?

I appreciate the recommendations for the testing equipment. I was already eyeing the "Randy's Select Test Kit Bundle" on Bulk Reef Supply for $175
  • Hanna Alkilinity Colorimeter
  • Hanna Phosphate Colorimeter
  • Red Sea Calcium test kit
  • Aquaforest Magnesium test kit
  • NYOS Nitrate test kit
Exactly the items & brands you recommended except the Aquaforest. I'll purchase this in a few weeks after I extinguish the fire that is my checking account. (I knew this hobby was expensive, but I certainly underestimated it o_O)

Thanks for the support!
I'd run the lights on the same schedule as your DT. Might as well get your new fish used to your regular light schedule.
For the tests, those all look good. I've never used the AquaForest Mg one, but I use other AF products and they are always good quality. Although not a necessity, I'd get the Hanna ULR Phosphorus (HI736) instead of the Hanna ULR Phosphate (HI774). The former has slightly better performance at low range which I find useful. However, if you're saving significant money buying a kit that includes HI774 instead, just go with that.
Regarding this hobby's costs, let's just say that I hope I never get divorced. If so, her attorney is going to have a field day calculating what I've put into my tanks.
 
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I got my two survivors in the QT! They seem to be doing well. However, after a couple hours there’s some debris on the floor of the tank.. can anyone help me identify this? Don’t judge me if it’s obvious! (It definitely wasn’t there when I put the fish in and it seems like way to much to be poop.

I’ve also attached some pictures of my clown. Hopefully you guys can help me diagnose his illness so I can treat it properly. I can’t see anything visible on the Benny like I do the clown.
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