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    Looking to build a QT tank

    Hye guys.

    I'm looking to build a quarentine tank as cheap as possible. I have what I think is a 10 gallon tank(used) but I'm not sure if it leaks or not, use to hold lizards.

    So what would I need as a minimum?

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    filtration: many people use sponge filters with an air pump
    shelter: short pieces of PVC tubing is commonly used
    heater:
    water motion: a small MJ powerhead
    lighting & timer: 15W NO would be fine

    If you're not sure if the 10G leaks, buying a new one would be cheap insurance.
    Nick

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    A little water makes a big mess, so 10$ is cheap insurence. Basicly for the rest, exactly like nickb said. I would just add water changes, use the water you take out of your main tank.

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    I have no main tank yet But I should once QT time is over for fish

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuuhMojo
    I have no main tank yet But I should once QT time is over for fish
    It takes about a month from first adding water to a main tank before it is really ready to add fish (depending on the cycle time). I wouldn't buy fish for the QT until the main tank actually has water in it to allow time for unexpected glitches in the design/building.

    Also, the QT will need to cycle. I had assumed you had a cycled main tank and could place the filter in that tank to grow bacteria on it and perhaps share tank water to the QT (not the other way round). You will need to allow time to cycle the QT from scratch.

    BTW, some people use a small Aquaclear or similar filter rather than a sponge filter.
    Nick

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    Depending on what your first fish are, you might not even need a QT. What fish do you want to get first?

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    Would it be cheaper for me to buy a 10 gallon kit tank?

    I assume the lights would be fine for a QT tank.

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    My QT is a 23gallon long with an Eclipse lid. Thus it has it's own lighting and pump for water circulation. Added a maxi-jet 1200 to help with flow and a heather. Thus, it is it's own system (which is what a QT should be).
    However, when it's not in use, it's plumbed into the main system. Two advantages of this: a) it's an extra 23 gallons of water (the more, the better), b) when I want to use it as a QT tank, turn a valve and change the overflow strainer to a plug, instant QT tank.
    Some like this way, some don't....it's personal peference.
    Attached is a diagram of my system that shows the QT tank. It's not that clear as I had to reduce the quality in order to upload.
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    Cool.

    But since my QT tank will be fish only, how strong of lights do I need?

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    The kit you suggested should be fine. Fish don't need bright lights but do like a day/night cycle. Plus hiding places.
    Nick

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