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Can I use the fake decorations from Petco in a qt. There's some branching ones that look look branching rock. The reason I ask is because one of qt is a 30 gallon hex so it's tall and I'm getting ready to put my long nose hawk in but wanted something at different levels for him to test on but wasn't sure if these still absorbed copper or anything
 
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Can I use the fake decorations from Petco in a qt. There's some branching ones that look look branching rock. The reason I ask is because one of qt is a 30 gallon hex so it's tall and I'm getting ready to put my long nose hawk in but wanted something at different levels for him to test on but wasn't sure if these still absorbed copper or anything
I wouldn't recommend using any decorations in QT. If they are deemed reef safe they would be fine in a DT.

We just don't know enough about decorations to know exactly what they are made of and if they will absorb meds.

It's safe to use PVC for hiding caves etc.
 

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I wouldn't recommend using any decorations in QT. If they are deemed reef safe they would be fine in a DT.

We just don't know enough about decorations to know exactly what they are made of and if they will absorb meds.

It's safe to use PVC for hiding caves etc.
Thank you. Yea I planned on using then for the bottom but wanted something that would add some height. My long nose perches on my gyres in my dt but I had a potters show signs of velvet after being in the tank for months so I'm trading all them out and treating
 

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i treated my QT w/ prime to bring ammonia down a bit. how long should I wait before adding general cure and cupramine? Do I need to drop in activated carbon before I being adding general cure and cupramine?
 

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In quarantine process, do you first use a dewormer like prazipro, then anti-parasitic like cupramine, and lastly broad spectrum antibiotic like Furan2?
 

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i treated my QT w/ prime to bring ammonia down a bit. how long should I wait before adding general cure and cupramine? Do I need to drop in activated carbon before I being adding general cure and cupramine?
Prime and cupramine can be a fatal combination. I would definitely wait at least 48 hours. I don’t think carbon would remove Prime so I would just wait.
 

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In quarantine process, do you first use a dewormer like prazipro, then anti-parasitic like cupramine, and lastly broad spectrum antibiotic like Furan2?
I would Google different QT methods and pick the one you think will work best for you. I don’t think there’s clear cut “right” method. I used to to Prazi and then cupramine but I’ve decided that I’m just going to do Prazi from now on after losing a fish in QT. I think QT is stressful for the fish and I don’t have a ton of expensive fish in my display tank so I’ve decided I’m willing to assume a little more risk. If I had a fully stocked 180 with a thousand dollars worth of fish in it I would probably take a different approach.
 
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i have a question on meds that leech into rocks

so i have 2 copper QT tanks going, and was going to then transfer the fish into a 40 gallon breeder for additional observation. i was going to make the 40 gallon into a decent FOWLR type tank with rock and sand and all that jazz. if i did that, would i be able to use meds (not copper or CP) in there and then use that rock later in a reef tank?

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so i have 2 copper QT tanks going, and was going to then transfer the fish into a 40 gallon breeder for additional observation. i was going to make the 40 gallon into a decent FOWLR type tank with rock and sand and all that jazz. if i did that, would i be able to use meds (not copper or CP) in there and then use that rock later in a reef tank?
I would probably give the rocks a quick muriatic acid bath (10-15 minutes) for good measure. Because if you start having issues with corals/inverts, you don't want to wonder in the back of your mind if it's because of meds leaching out of those rocks.
 

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I would probably give the rocks a quick muriatic acid bath (10-15 minutes) for good measure. Because if you start having issues with corals/inverts, you don't want to wonder in the back of your mind if it's because of meds leaching out of those rocks.
hmm yeah i hate to risk it unnecessarily. that would kinda defeat the purpose of making it live rock, though.

this qt stuff takes too many tanks! lol i feel like my house is suddenly flooded in tanks
 

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I would probably give the rocks a quick muriatic acid bath (10-15 minutes) for good measure. Because if you start having issues with corals/inverts, you don't want to wonder in the back of your mind if it's because of meds leaching out of those rocks.
I would be careful with muriatic acid reacting with other chemicals. First you done know what toxins could be produced. Second you don’t know if muriatic acid does anything to copper etc.
 
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I would be careful with muriatic acid reacting with other chemicals. First you done know what toxins could be produced. Second you don’t know if muriatic acid does anything to copper etc.
Purely anecdotal, but I've used muriatic acid dozens of times on rock I had previously exposed to copper. All muriatic acid does is eat away at the outer layer of the rock where the copper is stored.
 

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