09-16-2009, 12:25 PM
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Sounds fine to me. I asked about the laterite being under some gravel because if it wasn't, it might take quite a while to settle. But that's fine.
I would put the gravel from the established tank on top (use a plastic container like a largish cup or something to slowly spread it out across the existing gravel surface), move the plants over and plant, the the filter, then the fish. Assuming you have several plants, move all the fish at once, it is less stressful. The plants will consume the ammonia from the fish, the bacteria will get whatever the plants don't, and everything should be fine.
You can test for amonia for a couple days, but if the plants are sufficent you won't see any rise in ammonia or nitrite. I never have. The tank is "cycled" from the moment everything goes in.
Last edited by Byron; 09-16-2009 at 12:34 PM..