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post #1 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Can I start a new tank with water from my established tank?

I have a very healthy 30 gal freshwater set up and just inherited a 10 gal. I was wondering if I could use water from my established tank to start the 10 gal and if this will speed up or eliminate the cycling.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:24 AM
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hi
to be honest the water will be of no use,the BB is not held
in the water. gravel,plants,media from the filter are your best bet,
you could always place some gravel from one tank into a pair of
pantyhose and lay it on the bottom of the new tank to seed the new stuff
or squeeze your pads from the existing tank into the new one.
hpoe this has helped.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:26 AM
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+1 to willoow seed the tank dont use the waste water that only has junk in it

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome, Thanks for the advice!!! :)
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:34 AM
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you're very welcome
will we get to see the new tank ?
what you putting in there ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Yes definitely! Probably fancy guppies :) I love the colors and I love watching them breed....and boy can they breed!!! LOL
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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I have another question, if I take filter media out of the established tank, how long will it last in lets say a ziplock bag or tupperware container??
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:45 AM
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do you have to travel to get it ?
i guess some hours,but after a day i would say it would all be dead.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice! :) I will post some pics soon! :)
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:48 AM
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look forward to seeing them.
will you post them on this thread do you think

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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