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So it was suggested by @Christopher Marks that I do a tank journal for my QT system, since it's a little bit different than most. So here it is... This system is based of of an article in Coral magazine by Joseph Szczebak, of theÂ Roger Williams University marine breeding lab,Â which can be found here:Â http://www.reef2rainforest.com/2017/02/10/bucket-transfer-qt-method/ Â In his article he outlines a method for QT and hospitalization of marine fishes.Â I've been working on adapting it for home use for freshwater fish, plants, marine inverts and corals.Â What's really cool about it that it can expand and shrink as needed. The other really nice aspect of this system is the huge reduction in medicine andÂ additive use.Â I rarely deal with anything over 1 ml. Most of the time I'm dealing with less than half.Â So from that point it's a really nice cost savings.Â Â Â In a nutshell the system consists of some shallow 4'x2' storage Hefty containers, and a number of Cambro acrylic food containers. 4 and 6 qt.Â Â The large container is filled halfway(ish) with water and has a heater and small powerhead put in it.Â The individual containers are filled with whatever kind of water your livestock needs.Â Â Â Â The livestock is then moved to a subsequent container with matching parameters when needed.Â Fish daily, Corals weekly etc.Â For all intents and purposes, it's like running a bunch of simultaneous pico tanks at the same time, just a little more "Clinical." Â I'm basically going to try and journal all of the trials and tribulations that happen in this system. Not all of them reef related. I'm also going to try and put my protocols and recipes here so people trying this out don't have to deal with many of the subtle issues that arise.Â Â Â Right now, I've got a 5L container with Coral in it that I'm using in the Pico Reef Contest;Â while at the same time I've been running a number of new cichlids through.Â Â Â Â Nothing like a picture of a freshwater fish swimming around by some coral frags.Â Â Â
I like buying the 200 gallon bulk packs of salt but it seems like my salt gets humid or lumpy faster than it should. My typical process is to open the 50g bag and then transfer to a huge zip lock. I realized that salt crystals are getting stuck in the zip strip and preventing a good seal. I'm sort of embarrassed that I waited until now to find a better solution. I have used 5g buckets before but the salt somehow got humid in there too. Anyways, I had a leftover commercial food storage container from the creative pico contest so I decided to see what would fit in there. Turns out a 50g bag of Instant Ocean or Reef Crystals fits perfectly into the 6 quart container! Here's a link to one on Amazon, but I just bought mine locally for much cheaper. Also Sam's Club has a 2 pack of these with lids for $14. 2018-02-04_03-38-41 by aaron M, on Flickr - Note I mixed up a bit of salt before dumping it into this container so a new bag would be slightly higher - though who opens a new bag without using some of it? Anyways this may or may not help anyone but having damp or lumpy salt sucks and never seems to dissolve right so I figured that I would share a cheap solution. Another benefit is that these containers are all food safe so you can trust them.