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post #1 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cycling a new tank

Hi,
I recently made a post asking how to cycle a 55 gallon because I'm upgrading my 30 gallon, and decided to put the filter from my current 30 gallon in the 55 gallon tank and let the bacteria build up in the 55 gallon filter. I was convinced to keep my 30 gallon, and start a whole new tank. Is there anyway to cycle the new tank with something from the 30 gallon? I know you can move the cartridge/sponge, but there are fish in my 30 gallon so I can't do that.

I may get something larger than a 55 gallon, may not, if that matters.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 09:09 AM
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go bigger at least 75 gallon, a 55 gets full fast. You can do a fishless cycle using pure ammonia, fish food or shrimp you need an api (or similar) test kit
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 11:30 AM
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You can put some of the substrate and decorations from the old tank into the new tank.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 05:36 PM
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Iamgray is correct. But in case you are not aware of it, there are some precautions. The decor (wood, rocks, ornaments, plants, whatever) must be kept wet; if they dry the bacteria will be killed. Don't wash them (probably obvious, but doesn't hurt to say the obvious sometimes). And once in the new tank, they will need a source of ammonia or again the bacteria will die. And make sure you dechlorinate the water in the new tank before adding them.

The easiest way I have found is to have a few fish in the new tank. Once it is running, heater and filter working, add the bacteria-laden items and a fish or two. If you have live plants, even better. With live bacteria coming in, I would not mess with adding pure ammonia or dead shrimp, or similar. This can cause more problems when it is not necessary. Without any "seeding" these methods are fine.

Another source of "seeding" is a live bacteria supplement. Seachem's Stability and Tetra's SafeStart are both good, they are 100% live nitrifying bacteria. They do not miraculously "cycle" a new tank, they simply start the bacteria colonies quicker, same as adding bacteria from an established tank using items, filters, gravel, etc.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Alright I will try that out :)

Thanks for all the info.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 06:13 PM
You already had a thread about this.

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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In the first thread I was asking how to move everything from a 30 gal to a 55 gal, but in the first post here you will see that I said "I have decided to keep the 30 gal going, and start a completely new 55 gal". In this thread I'm asking if there is anyway to help cycle the bigger tank with something from the 30 gal.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-26-2011, 07:25 PM
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38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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