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Mr31415
07/25/2006, 08:51 AM
I cannot really take down my QT tank due to its design. What is the best way to keep it cycled? I have reado some articles on this forum and am a bit afraid of just feeding it or using one of the commercial products.

What is the best way to keep the tank cycled good enough that at any time I can add one or two fish to it for quarantine purposes?

crumbletop
07/25/2006, 08:53 AM
You can toss a sponge/biowheel in your sump for your main tank. Then when you need to set up the QT, you can add display water and the sponge/biowheel.

UH_OH_5_OH
07/25/2006, 09:29 AM
What about keeping a damsel in it while its empty....?

Mr31415
07/25/2006, 09:35 AM
The problem is what do I do with the damsel when I add new fish for QT?

Bradco
07/25/2006, 11:08 AM
The old bio wheel from the sump and water from main tank worked for me.

uvaduthie
07/25/2006, 12:13 PM
Its probably not great for the health of the damsel, but why not just leave it in the QT as you quarantine new fish? You'll notice any signs of stress or diease and can treat with or without another fish present.

Mr31415
07/26/2006, 01:10 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7810406#post7810406 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by uvaduthie
Its probably not great for the health of the damsel, but why not just leave it in the QT as you quarantine new fish? You'll notice any signs of stress or diease and can treat with or without another fish present.

Because Damsels are very territorial and aggressive fish and will put more stress on newcomers.

Kabong
07/26/2006, 01:16 AM
Technically a tank will stay cycled as long as there's a source of ammonia. So you can hold a cycle by "feeding" the tank.
Just toss in a little food every few days and it will rot and produce ammonia keeping the tank cycled.

lux_06
07/26/2006, 10:02 AM
stick some mollys in there, but you may have 5000 in a few weeks!!!seriously it worked for me cos i could occasionally feed em to a lionfish.