How long to QT for??

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Ok so I am treating a couple of sick fish in my main tank and they seem to be turning around, I had lost three of my five due to introducing a sick fish to my main tank without proper qt like I know I shuld have.

I now have a clean 14 gallon with heater and HOB, I was wondering a couple of things one can I use some of the BIO media from my canister fitler that runs on my main tank to seed it or cycle it?
How long should I qt my new discus before I would introduce him into the main tank? (after it has been treaed and everything is cool again)
can I fill the 14 gallon with some of the water from 30 gallon? which is well established and no known issues with it?
and I was told to use some aqurium salt to add to my main 55 gallon discus tank to help with the treatment I am treating with QC for some skin issues and the aqurium lights are off I am in the 2nd day of treatment?
I thought salt for discus was bad, but was told by anotehr member on Simply to use one tsp per gallon to help with the treatment?
I know its a lot of questions and I have it all under one thread but I can't help it after this hopefully I will be better off
I shuld have qt like I knew I was suppose to I was just so imptient and wanted to see them altogether that I just skiped it what a dumb costly mistake not only the money which hurts but loosing my fish I was so proud of patting my self on the back doing a good job I thought and boom one sick fish wiped out three of my five and I hope I can save the last two and do things rite this time.
I know there is a learning curve in any hobby but I knew i shulda qt and I never did before and never had an issue untill now I guess I learned the hard way.
 

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I don't quarantine my fish, but yes, use water from your tank....less shock at first.

If you are not treating them with any meds just give them 2 weeks and watch for problems.

Quarantine at least 2 weeks with treatment. Follow instructions on whatever you are using to treat with. If it says for a week, then start water changes after the week and monitor the fish regularily.


Salt is an issue, not recommended here, do not use as a general tonic. I do believe it has it's purpose as a last resort treatment for some ailments, but rather than dredge that up again....just don't use it now.
 

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Most Discus peeps QT for 6 weeks
 
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6 weeks huh, well I was thinking more like 3 or 4 but if you really think 6 is required than I can do that. The one issue I have with such a long qt period is the fish is all by him/her self and I know they like to e in groups, you do not think there will be any short or long term negitive affects by such a long qt period being alone do you? I do have one empt up side down pot like those used for breeding in there with him for him to kind of hide behind, I have a solid blue towel wraped around the side and back of the tank in order to make him/her feel more safe. Nut yet still he is all alone in ther nd I just don't want this to lead to a stuntded growth or anything.

oh and how large and how often to do water changes? I am doing small one each day just to clean up any food not ate but I am talking about the larger 30 - 40% water changes how often to do them?
 

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Do a large one everyday especially in a small tank, and I believe the norm is one tablespoon of salt per 10 gallons, not one gallon, although some "Simply" guys may recommend more in certain situations.
 
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Ok thank you I have also heard one teaspoon per gallon also and when you say one large one per da what are we tlking here 50% 75% what? thank you for your help!

I would like to know a bit more on how much salt to use? I also have to figure out how much to add back in after the water changes.
 

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I do around 40 50% daily, but my tanks are on a drip overflow system.
1 tablespoon per 10 gallons of water non-iodized salt
 

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I have seen the qt tank been poshed up agents the owners real tank when discus have been qt. but I still think it would be better 2 qt 2 fish at a time
 
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I hear you Josh unfourtunately my set up would not allow for me to do that,

and I see non-iodized salt I assume this is the same as aqurium salt would this also work? one table spoon per 10 galon so I would just bout one and a half then ok
 
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