[RML] Re: Quarantine Tank

passdpnitz (passdpnitz at yahoo.com)
Wed, 21 Dec 2005 18:32:31 -0000

I run an extra sponge filter in a tank so if/when I need to setup an
extra tank in a hurry it is ready to go.


--- In r_m_l at yahoogroups.com, Gary Lange <rainbowfish4u2 at y...> wrote:
> I think everybodys got it right you're just seeing it from a few
different angles. Moving the filter or washing it out into the new
tank works wonders and you usually won't see an NO2 spike or
ammonia. You should still monitor for these especially if you've
decided to use an antibiotic, which can mess up <any> bacterial
colony and cause NO2 spikes. Most of the times it's a parasite
anyway so you should probably think about treating for that first.
If you are doing treatments on the tank it's also a good idea to
change 50% or more of the water, at least every other day. That
doesn't have to be tap water but can come from one of your healthy
other tanks. Feed lightly and if possible feed quality frozen foods
or live foods to ensure that everything is eaten to avoid adding
extra ammonia to the system. Just keep checking to make sure you
don't get an ammonia spike.
> gary lange
> parin_iceyfist <parin_iceyfist at y...> wrote:
> --- In r_m_l at yahoogroups.com, Peter Unmack <peter.lists at u...>
> >
> > On Wed, 21 Dec 2005, parin_iceyfist wrote:
> >
> > > If it's a bunch of fish, I'd consider it like a regular tank.
So a
> > > startup period of 2 or 3 weeks.
> >
> > There really isn't any great need to have a "startup period" with
> > freshwater tanks, especially not if you use the original
aquarium water.
> > When I start a new tank I always try and add a little bit of
> media
> > from an exisiting tank, but I don't really think that that makes
> much
> > difference.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Peter Unmack
> >
> Well, my experience is that if you don't wait a bit, and just add a
> bunch of fish to a completely new tank, you'll get a NO2 spike
> can be deadly to the fish, especially if they're already sick. Of
> course, adding existing filter media solves that problem since that
> introduces enough bacteria to get started. Using water from a
> tank also does that, but there aren't a lot of nitrifying bacteria
> the water, more in the filter and the ground substrate.
> On the other hand, I believe you do weekly water changes? That of
> course also helps in avoiding the NO2 spike. But I've read a lot of
> stories of people (on dutch forums) that buy a tank, fill it with
> water and put a dozen fish in it (all on the same day) and think
> everything will run smoothly for a month or so before they have to
> anything else. Well, it won't...
> Gunther
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