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post #1 of 4 Old 06-21-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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how to clean and cycle a used 55 gallon tank

Hi guys,

This is my first post and I don't know how to start a new thread.

I have a 10 gallon tank with fish that needed a bigger tank. So I bought a sweet 55 gallon setup on Craigslist - it already had 9 tetras in it. Only 75 bucks. The tetras are going to have to find a new home since my fish are two Africans, a school of tiger barbs and a rainbow shark. I don't want the tetras getting eaten.

I don't know what to do with the tank now that I've got it. I haven't cycled something this big nor have I cycled something that I bought used. It appears clean and the tetras that were in it are healthy.

Any suggestions on a forum where I can learn how to clean and cycle a used 55 gallon tank? OR can someone tell me how to start a thread? I am really hoping that I can get my fish transferred into it soon.

Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-25-2013, 10:13 PM
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You have a thread now!
When I get a new tank, I typically get a small spray bottle and spray the inside of the tank down with a 5-10% solution of bleach. If there are hard water build-ups, a razor blade scrape takes care of that. Cycling a large tanks the same as a for a small tank. Start slow and build up your stock!

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-27-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Successfully launched the new set up and everyone survived. They went from a 10 gallon so when they got in the new tank, well, they were pretty much ecstatic.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-30-2013, 08:02 PM
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Congrats on the larger tank!. So which kind of Africans do you have?
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