02-17-2011, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by SlimStretch
I have an extra tank for a hospital/quarantine tank, but i'm clueless on how to set this up, I want to have it setup downstairs perm. Do i have to cycle this tank? I have a 30 gallon now with a Goldie in it. But I have a couple other 30 gallons I want to setup, can I take a sponge from the tank I have now to jumpstart the other tanks?
Yes, using a sponge from your cycled tank is a great way to jump start the cycle on a new set up. Be aware though, once you add used filter media to your new tank you'll need to have an ammonia source to feed the beneficial bacteria. Otherwise, they will die off without a food source. Are you going to be adding some fish now or did you just want the tank set up for future use?