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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys,

Just quick question before I tackle my tank in an hour or so.....

I am going to set-up the new 55G tank with one of my marineland bio-wheel 350's and get the tank up to the proper temperature and after adding the decor and subtrate.

My question is this....Should I...
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Add my 20G Marineland 200 Filter along side the 350 (add fish) and let them run together for about two weeks, then remove the 200 filter and add the other 350 filter??

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Should I take out the filter cartrides and biowheel from my 200 filter and place them in one of the 350 filters?? So it's still the same filter media, just in a new housing unit?? (add fish)

Does it make a difference or not?? I just want to do whats safest for my fish and quickest for me!

Let me know guys, I am so excited for this tank you have no idea!!!

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 03:17 PM
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hay :)
i love the thrill of setting up a new tank.
this is from my own personal use.
when setting up a new tank,i swop media from one filter to another,
like halving the media trays.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 03:18 PM
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It is a good idea but no. # 1 your 20 gallon would be without a filter. #2 your 20 gallon may have beneficial stuff but it may also carry DORMANT PARASITES/FUNGUS that are bad. you also can not see dormant parasites. it's a risky procedure and you risk killing the bacteria on the 20 gallon filter due to shock of no ammonia to consume
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I don't plan on using the 20G once the 55G is set-up, I've read somewhere before that doing the filter will allow you to add fish almost right away
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 07:40 PM
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I don't plan on using the 20G once the 55G is set-up, I've read somewhere before that doing the filter will allow you to add fish almost right away
If I'm correct in assuming that your fish are those listed for your 20g under "Aquariums" then yes, I would move them all into the 55g provided the water is conditioned, proper temp and filters running. I would dose the tank with "Cycle" (or a similar biological product) when I put in the first fish to further lessen the stress on the fish (the existing filter media with bacteria will do this a bit, but it doesn't hurt to help out).

Last October I set up my 70g from scratch, used some of the media from the filter on the 90g and dosed with Cycle and had 20+ fish in the tank and no problems that I could discern (all fish lived, ate, spawned, acted normal, etc).

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-10-2009, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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great!!!!

Thanks everyone, I'll let you know how it goes!
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-11-2009, 02:10 AM
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and don't forget we accept payment by pictures :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-11-2009, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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yeah, thanks Willow. I found this tank with a crappy stand on craigslist and have been fixing it up. I've taken pictures throughout the stages.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-11-2009, 06:25 AM
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great stuff :)
will you make it a tank picture thread,or just a continuing thread here ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-11-2009, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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probably do a tank picture thread....is there a spot for that on here?
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