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post #11 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 11:26 AM
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Yes, that should work.

Yeah. What I would do is fill half of your new tank with old water from your established tank. Fill the rest of your new tank with new fresh water and then stick some filter material from your old filter and put it in the new filter. Also, add a piece of wood or some gravel or something that was sitting in your old tank.
Do these things and I think your new tank will be off to a great start.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 02:07 PM
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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??
Agree with Lainey's response, just adding that the media has to be kept under water, so make sure there is just enough water in the container to keep it wet. And the bacteria will last only a few hours, not sure exactly how many, but bacteria are living organisms that need oxygen (from the water) and ammonia (their "food") or they die. Which is why when the power goes out for more than a few hours, the bacteria in a closed canister filter will die off.

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post #13 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome thanks for all the advice. I decided to fill with fresh water and filter media from established tank. Let the CYCLE BEGIN!!!!!! LOL
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Yeah. What I would do is fill half of your new tank with old water from your established tank. Fill the rest of your new tank with new fresh water and then stick some filter material from your old filter and put it in the new filter. Also, add a piece of wood or some gravel or something that was sitting in your old tank.
Do these things and I think your new tank will be off to a great start.


I love the Blue Ram pic! Have you had any success keeping them. I haven't tried yet but I love the way they look!
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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look forward to seeing them.
will you post them on this thread do you think

New pics are on my profile of my 30 Gal community tank :)
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 03:11 PM
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it's really lovely.

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 #17 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 04:29 PM
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New pics are on my profile of my 30 Gal community tank :)
I have one suggestion, on the background. Try a piece of plain black or dark gray or dark brown paper. It will increase the impression of depth and make your lovely plants and fish even more brilliant. Black or gray would probably work best so as not to compete with the brown in the substrate.

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post #18 of 18 Old 06-06-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I was thinking about doing some type of background! I think I may try the black.....
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