KittenFishMom Posted December 27, 2021 Share Posted December 27, 2021 Hello to all you Nerms and all the fish at sea (you need to be old to understand that reference) I wonder what your timing is for setting up a quarantine tank when you are planning to buy new fish? Should I set it up the early in the day I plan to go buy the fish? Or is it better to set it up a week or 2 in advance, to get it cycling? Maybe a QT doesn't need to cycle if you start with fresh water the first day, in a clean tank and don't feed the fish until the 5th day? The video I watched about setting up a QT tank showed that she had a bare bottom in the tank. I see lots of tanks with bare bottoms in videos, but I'm not sure how that works because when I tried it, the ammonia kept spiking with no nitrates or nitrites in the water, even with a used sponge filter. When I put substate at each end of the tank, things settled down quickly. (Can a bare bottom tank be cycled and seasoned?) I want to get more Endlers and Corydoras to put with the 3 Endlers and 1 Corydora I have with the 1 male betta. They have been though 2 of the 3 meds of the quarantine trio, so I think I need to add the ParaCleanse to the current fish and start a new QT for the new fish. Or can I add the additional fish to the current QT tank and start the trio over? Would treating the fish that are in the QT with the antibiotic and Ick-X a second time be hard on them? The betta is much stronger and the Endlers are doing well. I almost never see the Corydora. I think he is hiding because he is alone. I got the banned killifish out after the second guppy died. The third guppy died. I don't know if the betta went after him because he was the only one or if the whole group had something going on when I brought them home, and would have died anyway. I want to get the additional Endlers and Corydoras added to the tank as soon as I can, while doing the correct thing quarantine wise. Right now my only active sponge filter is in my quarantine tank with the fish I bought a week ago. I have 2 new sponge filters, and some used filter material I took out of an active filter. I could put the used material in a tank with the new sponges to get them going. But I don't know if it will work to cycle the tank if I keep the tank bottom bare. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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