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post #1 of 3 Old 02-17-2011, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Junp starting new tank

I currently have a tank running, it is planted with Java fern and has puffers in it. I'd like to start a second tank up for a Betta, can I jump start the 2nd tank using good squeeze from my cycled filters?

Also would it help if I put a small amount of gravel to be used in the new tank in a stocking in my current tank for the bacteria to grow on. Once the cycle has started using a squeeze and the gravel, would putting 50ish small ramshorn snails in and feeding them on algae wafer be enough to keep the cycle going and fully cycle the tank before the Betta is purchased?

I'm also worried that by squeezing the good bacteria in the filter from my current tank into the new one may cause my current to recycle by reducing the amount of bacteria in my filter. Is this a possibility as my puffs are my priority and if I have to cycle the new tank the old fashioned fishless way I can?
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-17-2011, 07:27 PM
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The short answer to your questions (my opinions)
1) yes (transfer of bacteria is helpful),
2) yes, you can seed the gravel, but it might be easier to just transfer a small amount from the old tank to the new tanks gravel,it doesn't take much. The snails may keep the cycle going, but I'm not certain how much bioload they actually represent - I defer to our snail experts on the forum! Bettas can survive in pretty poor water quality (but that increases the disease risk greatly), I don't think you'll have a problem cycling the tank with the betta. If the water quality starts to deteriorate, make some partial water changes.
3) no, bacteria have a rapid life cycle/population doubling time and you'll have plenty of bacteria left in your old tank
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I think using the snails is a splendid idea. Feed them on algae wafers and flake, and you shouldn't have any problems.

Keep up the water changes, about 2 a week for the first few weeks to be on the safe side.

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