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post #11 of 18 Old 02-17-2011, 06:32 PM
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This may also be a very stupid question, but its one that just popped into my head.

I found a girl with a 10 gallon and 6 fish for sale in my area. a 10 gallon would be fine for me, but i would like a 30 eventually. :start stupid question: when cycling the new bigger tank, would I be able to add water from the 10 g that already has the fish living in it? would that work at all/speed up the process. How would that work? would I just take a little bit at a time? or put it all into the bigger tank and add new water until its cycled and full?

I have no idea if this works or if i can do this, or if its even a good idea, but it was just a random thought running through my mind!
Not the water. There is very little or no beneficial bacteria that live in water column. "Borrow" the filter media from the 10g to cycle the bigger tank. It does work though as it instantly cycles the tank if you just borrow the established filter media.

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eek! ok well then nevermind that one! lol what about bettas and cherry shrimp?
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-17-2011, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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how do I borrow from the filter and add to the new filter?

sorry for all the stupid questions, ive been reading as much as i can but im so new to this and i want to make sure im doing it right!
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eek! ok well then nevermind that one! lol what about bettas and cherry shrimp?
Not gonna work.=3 The betta will eat them unless you make the tank heavily planted enough for the shrimps to escape the betta. Maybe just ramshorn snails.

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how do I borrow from the filter and add to the new filter?

sorry for all the stupid questions, ive been reading as much as i can but im so new to this and i want to make sure im doing it right!
I didn't mean that. The filter media means filter floss, sponges, ceramic rings, gravel and everything else (except the disposable carbon and other temporary chemical media) stashed in the ol' filter. You get a portion of it, stash it in the new filter for the new tank, then it instantly cycles the new tank allowing you to add your first fish immediately. Then add new filter media in the older filter to allow beneficial bacteria to colonize the new bed.

I have a hard time putting this in layman's terms.

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LOL i think i get it.. maybe..
the filter that would be in the tank that i get would it already have that in the filter or would i need to put some in there? and if i take some out of the old filter would i need to get a new filter or replace what i took off?
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LOL i think i get it.. maybe..
the filter that would be in the tank that i get would it already have that in the filter or would i need to put some in there? and if i take some out of the old filter would i need to get a new filter or replace what i took off?
New filter goes to the new tank and then replace the portion of borrowed media with new ones.

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Bottom feeders don't clean the tank. They don't eat the 'dirt', or fish poop. You will still have to clean the substrate, unless it's well planted. I haven't vac'd the graven in any of my tanks in about 9 months.

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