07-29-2008, 08:39 AM
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It would take longer, but require less maintenance. If you want to do a fishless cycle, I would highly recommend using pure ammonia instead of fish food. I'm guessing that if your tank has a cover, and you put the ammonia somewhere high that your dogs can't get, you shouldn't have any trouble. I tried fish food with mine, and even after more than a week I didn't get any ammonia readings. Then my mother found some ammonia at Hannaford, and it only took about 10 days to cycle using that. How long has your other tank been set up? If you do daily large water changes during this time your fish would be exposed to less ammonia than if you put them in the bigger tank and started the cycle all over again which would take much longer. Just remember though, that it can take much longer for a fishless cycle, so you would have to be prepared to continue daily maintenance on the smaller tank until it is done. If you don't know exactly how to do a fishless cycle I would just look up "fishless aquarium cycle" on google and do a little research. I would explain it, but I don't have the time right now. Good luck.