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Old 11-02-2012, 09:57 AM   #341
 
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My understanding is the bacteria is not in the water but on the ornaments, media, gravel. You can take some of your old media out of the larger filter (fully cycled one!), place it in a nylon sock and hang it in your tank till you need it in the new tank set up. Top up the old filter with new media as there are lots of surfaces present and set up to support it. When ready move the hanging media to the new tank/filter. You can move gravel too but it will stir up a lot gunk and rinsing in tap water will kill that bacteria. Use dechlor. I buy new matching gravel to my old existing tank... move some old gravel to the new tank... top up the old tank with the new bag of gravel. Instant cycled tank with good bacteria, fish can go in that day or the next. My belief is 24 hours.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:20 AM   #342
 
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I can't use the old gravel because it's all ugly. The only nice gravel I have is in the 220 and that's not done cycling.

Doing my water changes right now, before heading to the fish store to do water tests. Also picking up a ten gallon while we're out.

It is taking FOREVER. We started with the 220 and I am draining it with the water turned off at the faucet, which as you mentioned is a slower drain. It has been going for 25 minutes so far.

I never heard of the nylon sock thing, that's a cool idea. I'll let you know what I end up doing.

I hope it works!! I want two dwarf puffers!!

Anybody know of any cool fish I can keep in a 20 gallon tank that I don't keep yet?

This is what I have now:
20 Gallon - Harlequins, Neons, Platies, Guppies, Cories, Nerite Snails
55 Gallon - Silver Dollars, Pearl Gourami, Hillstream Loach, Peacock Eel, Mollies, Serpae Tetras, African Dwarf Frog, Leopard Bush Fish and Bala Sharks (moving to 220)
55 Gallon - Red, Blue, Boesemani Rainbows, Zebra Dainos, Zebra Loaches, Platies, Moonlight Gourami, Bristlenose Pleco
35 Gallon - Red Tailed Shark
220 Gallon - Black Skirt and Lemon Tetras

I am adding bleeding heart tetras to the Silver Dollar tank this weekend. My wife has been wanting them since February.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #343
 
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To make it drain faster with the water turned off, disconnect the hose from the pumper attachment. :)
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #344
 
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I drain my water outside with my python since I live in the country the less water in the septic the better it drains so fast then to fill I put the end back on and hook it up to my sink
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:01 AM   #345
 
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To make it drain faster with the water turned off, disconnect the hose from the pumper attachment. :)
Thanks, I'll try that next time. Just finished and it took an hour to drain 30% of the tank, with the water on the sink running the last 10 minutes because I got impatient.

Wow Boxer, septic. You are in the country!

Man, I've gotten so much different advice in this thread, anyone new to the hobby will learn a lot if they read it. I know I have.

Can't wait to see those puffers. Apparently they're full grown, wild caught. I've read 5 gallons for the first one and 2.5 for each additional, but my LFS said in a 10 gallon, not to put two, better to put 1 or 5 so as to spread out any aggression. I really want to believe them because I'd much rather 5 than 1, and they're only an inch I believe. My LFS usually gives me pretty good advice, not petsmart style.

The Bleeding Hearts I'm getting are live caught as well.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #346
 
Since they are wild caught make sure you drip acclimate them or acclimate the slowly
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:32 PM   #347
 
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Will do, thanks for the tip!

So the first 10 gallon we went to pick up was actually a 5.5, the owners had no idea. It was brand new with a ton of accessories so I bought it anyway. Going to get our first Betta I guess. :P

Tonight we get the 10 and the 20. Going to put 5 dwarf puffers in the 20, I decided, and 2 newts in the 10 eventually. Gonna do your nylon trick Jakie.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:37 PM   #348
 
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Jakie, how long do I leave the nylon with the media in the new tank?
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #349
 
I left mine in for two weeks on my 55g, granted I also has decorations from my 75g.
On my 20g long I left mine in for a month because my kuhlis liked to play and hide under it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:26 PM   #350
 
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If that is the only thing you are moving... no other items then the tank needs time to grow that bacteria on other surfaces... I was about to say 6-8 weeks like a cycle but now I'm questioning that in my head. You know I would still leave it 2 months. It won't hurt it that is for sure.....
Anyone else know that answer...? Sorry Canadian Fish. Maybe Chat room people can tell you tonight.
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