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Old 08-21-2012, 02:45 AM   #1 
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I am expecting two females to arrive today and have been wracking my brains on how to qt them.
This was the best i could come up with,the heater says to put in vertically but there is no way i could do that so its on its side.

Do you think this is ok? And how often do i do water changes in this set up and how much water do i change?

One tank is 7.5 litres and the other at a guess is 4.5.

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Old 08-21-2012, 04:36 AM   #2 
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That looks like an adequate setup for QT. The heaters work better on their side like that. I think the manufacturers have legal advice to set them upright.

You don't need gravel in your QT's. I and many keepers recommend a bare-bottom QT for cleanliness, waste and food removal and for feces inspection.
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That looks like an adequate setup for QT. The heaters work better on their side like that. I think the manufacturers have legal advice to set them upright.

You don't need gravel in your QT's. I and many keepers recommend a bare-bottom QT for cleanliness, waste and food removal and for feces inspection.
Ok thank you,i shall remove the gravel before they arrive.
I have just added 2 females in a divided breeder trap also to the box as i had three in another qt tank and today one was being overly aggresive so i removed her and then the next took over so she is also in time out.
Phew its all go today.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #4 
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I would double check that the heater is submersible before you put it like that. There are some that aren't submersible and will say they need to be vertical to work best because well completely underwater they will malfunction.

But other than that, it looks like a great QT setup.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:43 AM   #5 
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That's a Hagen Elite 25W heater. That's all I run. They work great laid down like that.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:26 AM   #6 
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As this is new to me,do i have to change 100% water every day in these tanks?
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #7 
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Hey? the heater is in the big tub and the smaller tanks set in the tub of water? I never thought of that will the smaller tank water be very similar to the temp on the bigger tub? I need to run to walmart and get a blue tub ..

Hmm, I think every other day, is adequate. There is a sticky explaining water changes. I know if its a gal, then should just change once a day, and if its smaller twice a day.

I cant find the water change sticky? where the heck did it go?

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #8 
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"Anything under 2.5 gallons should have a 50% change every other day. 2.5 and more should have 50% changes at least twice/wk. If a filter is running in the tank, 50% changes once/wk are usually plenty."
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:16 AM   #9 
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I just changed all the water on both anyway..its no big deal,fishies seem happy.

The large container i found stored in a shed with bits and bobs in and had a spare heater in case my other packs up so it worked out great and heats both bowls perfect.
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That's a great idea for someone with smaller tanks and one heater.
Hope all goes well!
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