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Sethoscar
06/24/2017, 10:33 PM
New member, although I've been trolling for a while now. I have a 54 gallon corner that recently had an ich outbreak with one damsel surviving. I've since set up a hospital to treat the damsel, and a second tank for QT. I'm on day 8 of a fishless cycle adding majestic extra strength ammonia to start.

My display tank has been running since march, and fallow since early may. It initially cycled fast with the damsels after 2-3 weeks. My question is can I add one of the bio stars from the recently infected display tank to the bare bottomed empty QT to kick start the cycle without adding any ich to it. And if I do transfer the parasite, how long can it live without substrate or fish?

I would like to add fish within the next 3 weeks, just don't want to shoot myself in the foot by adding bacteria from a recently infected tank. 72 days from fallow will be July 19th, as I used some equipment that may have transferred some ich back to the display tank and pushed back my safe date.

Should I add some food instead and wait, or can I get away with a bio wheel to add bacteria now?

I've been adding stability, but no change in my ~3 ppm ammonia.

Thanks in advance.

Sethoscar
06/25/2017, 03:25 PM
I should add that the display tank has LPS, S PS, mushrooms, and invertebrates all doing fantastic. Mushrooms are even reproducing. So I know it had to have been something to do with the fish alone. I did a fish and cycle with three damsels, and the tank cycle after three weeks. Added A dottyback and a yellow tang, and everybody did fine for a month or so. The tang and Dottyback died overnight one day, then I lost the other two damsels a week apart after that. I pulled the remaining damsel and put it in a hospital tank. This was about 40 days or so ago.

BPReefer
06/25/2017, 05:05 PM
I'd throw in a bottle of Dr. Tims.

Sethoscar
06/25/2017, 09:23 PM
I've heard that from multiple sources - Just ordered a 2 oz bottle. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks!

BPReefer
06/25/2017, 10:34 PM
I wouldn't put anything from your infected tank into the QT until at least July 19th. Also, you can't overdose on nitrifying bacteria so I would have gotten a larger amount. Are you going to treat the damsel with copper? If so, once you've completed treatment, I'd leave the damsel in the QT for good as he will keep your biological filter up and running and you not longer have a damsel in your DT... win/win.:dance:

Heuristic
06/25/2017, 11:28 PM
I'd leave the damsel in the QT for good as he will keep your biological filter up and running and you not longer have a damsel in your DT... win/win.:dance:
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