The DOs and DON’Ts of Quarantine

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Drain, bleach, rinse well, vinegar bath (optional), rinse again, and allow to dry completely for 24-48 hours. Preferably in the sun.
What about the filter, heater etc? do these things also need to go through a thorough cleaning?

My solution is to by a new tank...that might be extreme though. lol

Currently treating new fish for Flukes, hoping they don't have any other issues!!
 

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What about the filter, heater etc? do these things also need to go through a thorough cleaning?

My solution is to by a new tank...that might be extreme though. lol

Currently treating new fish for Flukes, hoping they don't have any other issues!!
Everything that is part of the tank.
 

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I know u say not to mix anything between tanks regarding equipment. My question and situation is with the colder weather I am in need of a little buff to my DT's temp. It seems to be hovering around 75 since last month. The 300w heater doesnt seem to be keeping up enough.

I have a 200w ceramic heater that has been in my QT with cupramine for 4 months appx. Is there any manner is which I could move this heater from QT to DT or is it forever banned from the DT and I need to buy another?
 

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I know u say not to mix anything between tanks regarding equipment. My question and situation is with the colder weather I am in need of a little buff to my DT's temp. It seems to be hovering around 75 since last month. The 300w heater doesnt seem to be keeping up enough.

I have a 200w ceramic heater that has been in my QT with cupramine for 4 months appx. Is there any manner is which I could move this heater from QT to DT or is it forever banned from the DT and I need to buy another?
Soak the heater in a bucket with bleach for 24hrs. Then take it out and let it dry completely. I even have used a hair dryer for crevices.

Or simply buy another heater!
 

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Soak the heater in a bucket with bleach for 24hrs. Then take it out and let it dry completely. I even have used a hair dryer for crevices.

Or simply buy another heater!
Ok thanks. Pure bleach or like 50/50?
 

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Ok thanks. Pure bleach or like 50/50?
50/50 will more than do the trick. Actually only one tablespoon per gallon is needed. That kills 99.9%. The other .1% will be taken care of by drying.
 

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50/50 will more than do the trick. Actually only one tablespoon per gallon is needed. That kills 99.9%. The other .1% will be taken care of by drying.
Money is a bit tight at the moment, hence why I was regretfully unable to do the partner membership.. shame shame.

Strawberry psuedo and starry blenny come out in 8 days and go into the DT and I'm planning on shutting it down and cleaning it out until my next batch of fish, which wont be for a while. Figured I'd save some cash and put the heater to use for the winter.

Thanks.
 

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Money is a bit tight at the moment, hence why I was regretfully unable to do the partner membership.. shame shame.

Strawberry psuedo and starry blenny come out in 8 days and go into the DT and I'm planning on shutting it down and cleaning it out until my next batch of fish, which wont be for a while. Figured I'd save some cash and put the heater to use for the winter.

Thanks.
Hey I understand, you should be covered!
 

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About to QT a Harlequin Tusk. Is it better to go with copper like other wrasses or is CP ok?
 

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About to QT a Harlequin Tusk. Is it better to go with copper like other wrasses or is CP ok?
I would use copper it isn't he lesser of two evils here...
 

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Two things - I TOTALLY missed the memo on reduced oxygen levels in the water when using copper. I lost a beautiful Desjardini as a result last week. Medications in combination with a a glass lid, inadequate gas exchange or even high temperatures can be deadly.

Second thing, what is everyone preferred method of filtration in QT. I have been using seeded sponge filters which have done the job well, but don't do a great job of removing detritus and crud. Perhaps a HOB power filter?
 

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Two things - I TOTALLY missed the memo on reduced oxygen levels in the water when using copper. I lost a beautiful Desjardini as a result last week. Medications in combination with a a glass lid, inadequate gas exchange or even high temperatures can be deadly.

Second thing, what is everyone preferred method of filtration in QT. I have been using seeded sponge filters which have done the job well, but don't do a great job of removing detritus and crud. Perhaps a HOB power filter?

I use the air powered seeded sponge filter too.
I do use a small hang-on back filter with a sponge for mechanical filtration.
 

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Two things - I TOTALLY missed the memo on reduced oxygen levels in the water when using copper. I lost a beautiful Desjardini as a result last week. Medications in combination with a a glass lid, inadequate gas exchange or even high temperatures can be deadly.

Second thing, what is everyone preferred method of filtration in QT. I have been using seeded sponge filters which have done the job well, but don't do a great job of removing detritus and crud. Perhaps a HOB power filter?
Yes oxygenation is the single most important factor when medicating.

I use marineland HOBs on all QTs. I take a razor and slice the bottom of the filter floss all the way across. Remove all carbon. Now you have a handy factory fit filter that will scrub the water nice and clean. Doesn't absorb copper and houses the biofilter very well!
 

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I take a razor and slice the bottom of the filter floss all the way across. Remove all carbon. Now you have a handy factory fit filter that will scrub the water nice and clean. Doesn't absorb copper and houses the biofilter very well!
I was thinking something similar but filling one of the chambers with ceramic media like siporax. Not sure if that will mess with copper levels like rock or substrate though...?
 

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I found three used and cheap Oceanic BioCubes, one 14g for a sick tank and two 29g BioCube as a QT. They are a easy way to treat fish & corals. I also have a 55g if needed for larger fish, but we like adopting small guys & gals so the 29 gallons work great.
 

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Drain, bleach, rinse well, vinegar bath (optional), rinse again, and allow to dry completely for 24-48 hours. Preferably in the sun.
Okay now another magic question...how do you clean the seachem ammonia alerts?
 

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Okay now another magic question...how do you clean the seachem ammonia alerts?
With a trash can :)

But seriously, you don’t. Just toss it.
 

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