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Old 02/13/2018, 09:51 PM   #1
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Coral quarantine tank

So Iím setting up a coral quarantine tank.

I currently have some sponges and filter floss in my dt sump thatís building up bacteria. My dt is fully cycled now for over a month.

If I add the sponges and/ or filter floss to my qt is the cycle instant? or does it just help seed and speed up the cycle??


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Old 02/13/2018, 10:13 PM   #2
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The sponge will carry enough bacteria to process the coral waste provided you only have corals in the tank or perhaps one small fish.


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Old 02/14/2018, 01:47 PM   #3
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you might still see a slight cycle due to increase in new surface area....but then you might not. Keep an eye on ammon......


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Old 02/14/2018, 02:08 PM   #4
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Really no need to QT corals if you dip them.


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Old 02/14/2018, 10:27 PM   #5
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Really no need to QT corals if you dip them.
What dip are you using? I've not found a dip that would prevent any and all unwanted hitchhikers. For example, I doubt most coral dips would kill a tiny aiptasia that you don't notice on the side of the frag plug (or isn't visible to the naked eye). With that said, I like to live on the edge and go for the dip/inspection on a frag rack a couple days method. However, QTing is the only nearly surefire way I've found to avoid pests.


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Old 02/15/2018, 12:29 PM   #6
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I use "revive" as a dip, many in the US use "Bayer". Many say Bayer is good, esoeciaally fir SPS red bug. Bayer is banned where I live because it is a strong pesticide which some in the medical field is linked to cancer, so I must use "revive"

Part of dipping is aeration, inspection, brushing off, picking off, until I am satisfied that its Clean....so far...zero unwanted hitchhikers and this rebuild now 15 months old.


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Old 02/15/2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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Again, my concern is an aiptasia sneaking by which I doubt revive would kill. However, my point was that a QT tank is the BEST method. I'm not currently doing it (living on the edge) and I dip with CoralRX or Bayer. I'm not opposed to dipping in any way, my point was just that a QT tank + dipping is the BEST method.


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Old 02/16/2018, 12:51 PM   #8
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just not sure what the QT does for coral if dipped



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