New look QTs

Neilp2006

New member
Just found this site, so apologies for the random question. Beautiful video!

I like the lids made out of eggcrate and netting. How are you attaching the net to the eggcrate?

Do you put aragonite in your TTM tanks, or are they kept bare?

Thanks!
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
I like the lids made out of eggcrate and netting. How are you attaching the net to the eggcrate?
I use fishing line to sew the netting onto the eggcrate.

Do you put aragonite in your TTM tanks, or are they kept bare?
Those are bare. It would be too much work to sterilize aragonite for future transfers.
 

ZZuin

New member
Are you tossing or sterilizing and reusing the sand? What size tanks/Tidal filters are those? I’ve got almost identical setup at home except 10g versions. Very clean!

Also where are you finding the sanitary tees in white PVC (tees that curve)? I can only find them in black ABS at Home Depot.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Are you tossing or sterilizing and reusing the sand? What size tanks/Tidal filters are those? I’ve got almost identical setup at home except 10g versions. Very clean!

Also where are you finding the sanitary tees in white PVC (tees that curve)? I can only find them in black ABS at Home Depot.
I'm reusing the sand, but sterilizing it (along with the rest of the QT) every 6 months by dosing chlorine. This prevents biofilm from building up which degrades all non-copper medications.

I use the Seachem Tidal 110 on both my 40 breeder & 20 gal QTs. I think I got all my white PVC from Lowe's.
 

mggray87

Active member
im actually done with my QT tank... not sure if i should just leave it running empty or break it down and completely sterilize it with something.... muratic acid? to clean my powerheads and aquaclear and tank? or something else... no need to keep it running .. hope i dont need it.... cant use it for a cleaner shrimp since it had copper at some point even though i been running carbon ROX and the cuprisorb for about 4 to 5 days now.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
im actually done with my QT tank... not sure if i should just leave it running empty or break it down and completely sterilize it with something.... muratic acid? to clean my powerheads and aquaclear and tank? or something else... no need to keep it running .. hope i dont need it.... cant use it for a cleaner shrimp since it had copper at some point even though i been running carbon ROX and the cuprisorb for about 4 to 5 days now.
If you are completely done... I would break it down, sanitize everything with vinegar and let it all dry out. Make sure to clean the seams with a vinegar soaked paper tower, and the tank should be coral/invert safe again.
 

mggray87

Active member
Can I literally fill the 20g with water and pour like a gallon or 2 or whatever ratio I need. And then just run the powerheads for like a day and the aquaclear. Then scrub with a sponge with the water and let dry out?
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Can I literally fill the 20g with water and pour like a gallon or 2 or whatever ratio I need. And then just run the powerheads for like a day and the aquaclear. Then scrub with a sponge with the water and let dry out?
You could do it that way. Just don't allow your pumps/equipment to be exposed to vinegar water for too long. Long-term exposure to vinegar can damage them.

TBH, being it's only a 20 gallon... Its probably easier just to take everything outside, clean it with vinegar and then rinse thoroughly with a garden hose. Or at least that's how I always do it.
 

mggray87

Active member
ok ill just scrub with a pad.... vinegar water mix... a specific ratio or pure vinegar.. and then soaked pure vingar paper towels on each silicone seam for at least a hour or 2 then rinse and let air dry for weeks and storage it goes!

hope i dont have to use it ever lol since all fish are done fingers crossed!
 

Dr.Reef

Always at your service.
A simple easy way to sterile qt tank is to pour some bleach in the running tank. It will sterile everything in contact. Run it for a day or two drain it and air dry for 24-48 hrs and you are done.

Regarding using it again for inverts. When you set it back up run a poly filter and see if it registers copper. Most likely not. You are good to go.
 

phatduckk

Member
A simple easy way to sterile qt tank is to pour some bleach in the running tank. It will sterile everything in contact. Run it for a day or two drain it and air dry for 24-48 hrs and you are done.

Regarding using it again for inverts. When you set it back up run a poly filter and see if it registers copper. Most likely not. You are good to go.
Exactly what I did. Was looking to get it setup again this weekend till my wife informed me that we’re gonna “remodel” the garage. So now there’s no place to put it lol
 
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