QT Inverts?

kilroy217

New member
I have definitely been QT-ing my fish as I add them, but was wondering if it's safe to just add inverts (ie. a peppermint shrimp) to the tank without QT? I have used copper in the past in the QT, and am a little nervous about inverts in there.

Thanks!
 

Sisterlimonpot

Premium Member
Although it's possible for inverts to carry disease I wouldn't put them in a tank that has been dosed with copper unless it has been cleaned thoroughly. And even then copper can leach back from the silicone.
 

WaterKeeper

Bogus Information Expert
Premium Member
Kilroy was here, ;)

These days it is general practice to QT just about everything short of LR. I'm not a fan of medicating a QT but use a separate hospital tank if the fish or invert shows signs of disease. If you used copper, and the Q-tank is small, add about a gallon of white vinegar and soak it overnight. Next day dump it and rinse well. Copper levels should not be high enough to harm inverts after that procedure.
 

kilroy217

New member
Waterkeeper, thanks for the advice!

The copper was several months ago, and I have done many, many water changes in the QT since that time. So, copper levels should be pretty low, but I was definitely nervous about it. I will try the vinegar technique. The QT is 20 gal - so, can I add 19 gal of freshwater and 1 gal of vinegar for the soak?

BTW - nice kilroy reference... not where my screenname comes from, but I can definitely appreciate the reference. :) I was actually in a play many, many years ago where my character was named Mr. Kilroy. Have used the name ever since.
 

WaterKeeper

Bogus Information Expert
Premium Member
You might use two gallons to be sure.

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Don't drink the Water!
 

kilroy217

New member
Yes, Don't Drink the Water! :)

Thanks for the advice... I have a project to work on this weekend! Maybe I can get shrimp or two into my tank before the summer hits... hehe...
 
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