Qt Setup Plans

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So now that I am getting ready to stock my tank, I'm now looking at setting up my QT. This is what I'm thinking, please let me know if you see anything amiss.

I have a 5 gallon tank that I had a betta in. His tank was cycled, but he died by choking on a pellet. The tank had a DIY filter I made. I still plan on giving the tank to my mom for her to have a betta, and I plan on picking up a 10 gal at petco to use as QT. I have added a submersible filter to seed for my mom, and am keeping it cycled with ammonia.

So giving to mom:
5 gallon tank
Submersible filter
Tetra heater 5-15 gal, auto set

Using as my QT
10 gal
DIY filter
Aqueon heater, 50 watt adjustable

Since this is planned to be a QT for new fish, I'm going to have a simple substrate and a couple fake plants for hiding places. Should I just use sand? I find it easier to clean and see debris.
 

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You don't even need substrate for QT, and when I had one I went with a 10 gallon with 2 clay pots. If you wanted substrate, sand would probably be better than gravel.
 

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I wouldn't do substrate either (unless you're QTing cories, then a very small layer of sand is enough). In addition to (or instead of) fake plants, you can use spawning mops and PVC pipes.
 
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What are spawning mops?

I wanted it to be "comfortable" since it's for new fish that (hopefully) aren't sick. Or does that really not matter? The fish that will be in qt will be a school of fish and then a pair of GBR.
If and when I have to use it as a hospital qt I would do bare bottom.
 

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They're made from yarn:


Those fish will be fine with a bare bottom, and it really does make it easier on you to clean the tank (and treat it if necessary!).
 
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Spawning mops...interesting!

Well that makes it easier. I'll possibly have 1 Cory in qt for a little while, but I was planning on putting him in the spare 5 I'm giving to my mom (she'll get it when he's put in the big tank) that way I can also put the school in the 10 at the same time. I expect to qt them longer anyway.

I've got both the filters (DIY and mom's sub) in the 5 cycling, or keeping the cycle from the betta. And I picked up the 10 tonight, and came out of petco in the middle of a full on thunder and lightning downpour! . And I didn't go last Sunday because of the rain!!!
 

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Yeah, we're supposed to be getting rain for the next few days! Didn't get too much today though.
 
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It was barely sprinkling when I left the house, when I left petco it had started to rain, by the time I was done at the grocery store the lightning and thunder were serious! I followed an 18 wheeler home at 35-45 mph on interstate for 18 miles. And we were passing everyone!

It's still raining this morning ️
 

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