Quarantine tank

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Hi guys

After my recent experience of white spot (still in recovery mode, but going well), I'm going to set up a very small quarantine tank to introduce anything new.  I have an old tank I used for freshwater tropicals a few years ago.  I'm thinking of using this to introduce corals and fish, and use it as a frag tank.

Size/Volume
It's 50cmx25cmx26cm (26cm being the water depth, the tank is about 29cm in depth total) = 33lt. 

Lighting
It's currently got a 14W T8 bulb in it, which I guess is good enough for fish and LR.  I need to upgrade this soon so I can use it for coral too.  Any suggestions?  I'm thinking LEDs for long term costs/heat.

Filtration
I'm thinking that 3kg of LR will do it, and that will be it.  I plan to buy some mature LR and get it up and running pretty quickly.  No skimmer.

Heat
I have a small heater (somewhere).  I'm pretty sure it will be big enough.

So, what do you think?  Have I missed anything?

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Reply #1

Sounds like a plan.

What about water movement? If you could use an adjustable flow source this could help the fish get stronger before it goes in the DT, start low while the fish is getting settled and slowly increase the flow.

for the lights you could look at the PAR type LEDs.

Heat, you may get enough heat from your lights once upgraded, but always worth having one in there just incase (I have a 100w one if you want it)

are you going to top up RODI manually?

Glass lid?
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #2

Top ups will be manual at first.  I'm planning on buying a Reefloat Pro2 which I'll put on my main tank, then use the Pro(1) on the QT.

I'm thinking of going with a couple of small pumps, rather than powerheads.  I have an eheim and a maxijet that are both pretty much silent and will give me enough flow. Pointed across each other should cause some turbulance too.  Needs to be silent as the plan is to sit it on my desk (I mostly work from home).

The tank has a lid, with a panel that lifts up. I'm thinking I'll leave the panel up to allow gas exchange, and use the lid to hook the lights to.

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Nice!
I should really sort this out!!

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