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    Default Quarantine Tank Size?

    I'm setting up a 29 gallon biocube HQI, now I have lots of tanks laying around (20 gallon talls and 10 gallons). I wanted the tank to be able to fit under the Biocube which has a shelf size of 18.5in by 18.5in so neither of these tanks will work under the tank. The only standard tank which would fit under my biocube would be a 5.5 gallon (I'm pretty certain that this would be way too small, correct me if I'm wrong [I don't currently own one but I could buy one]). So the question is whether or not to go with the 10 gallon tank or the 20 gallon tank, I will be leaving this tank setup with a damsel or something in it once the tank is full of fish just in case. I'm getting Amazon.com: AquaClear 70 Power Filter - 110 V, UL Listed (Includes AquaClear 70 Carbon, AquaClear 70 Foam & AquaClear 70 BioMax: Pet Supplies@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Rr1kpTVOL.@@AMEPARAM@@41Rr1kpTVOL . This will work for all of the tanks mentioned, so which tank should I use for quarantine?

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    Go with the 20. Since you are keeping it up. I personally use a 29 gallon for a quarantine tank.
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    That was what I was thinking I would probably have to do . . . now I need to clear out some space because I want to keep it in my room so that I can see fish in there along with the ones in my display.

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    The filter you posted would be perfect for a QT. I would recommend you buy some of the sponge filters and put them in a fuge for a minimum of 4 weeks if you have it so you have some cycled filter media when you start up the QT. The problem with QT's are sudden ammonia spikes. You wont have any denitrifying bacteria due to lack of live rock and subtrate so watch the ammonia like a hawk. To do so I would recommend a little device called ammo alert which is awesome for the QT process. This probably seems obvious but after the QT process is done dispose of your used sponge filters as you'll likely be using some sort of medication and wouldnt want to make the mistake of putting them back in your display to recycle and use again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redemer123 View Post
    The filter you posted would be perfect for a QT. I would recommend you buy some of the sponge filters and put them in a fuge for a minimum of 4 weeks if you have it so you have some cycled filter media when you start up the QT. The problem with QT's are sudden ammonia spikes. You wont have any denitrifying bacteria due to lack of live rock and subtrate so watch the ammonia like a hawk. To do so I would recommend a little device called ammo alert which is awesome for the QT process. This probably seems obvious but after the QT process is done dispose of your used sponge filters as you'll likely be using some sort of medication and wouldnt want to make the mistake of putting them back in your display to recycle and use again.
    I actually have some of the ammo alerts left in the packages from back when I was in saltwater. I also have a sponge filter left over too, the only problem is I don't know how well that will fit into my biocube (I'll just have to wait till it gets here). LOL with 12 tanks and equipment laying around I am able to find what I need pretty easily

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    Best of luck to you, your making an excellent choice by choosing to quarantine your animals.
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    Thanks, I'm glad to be getting back into the hobby after a year off . . . this time I'm limiting myself to one system! Instead of six!

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