Hi all. Long time no see. I have a question pertaining to the bacteria and transferring some to a new tank set up.
As we all know one does not want to take fish from water parameters and just drop it in to another environment of different water parameters. We do this slowly with "floating" or some other to acclimate the fish.
Do we need to do this with bacteria as well?
I am setting up an 8 gallon Fluval Flora nano kit. I want to take some ceramic discs from my XP 3 canister filter and add them to the new tank to get a biological process started right away.
However, I am planning on setting my water parameters in the new tank by starting off with de-ionized water and adding the necessary components to the DI water to achieve the parameters that I want.
I am doing this because of the lessons I learned with my 55 gallon. My tap water is horrible. I live in a heavily agricultural area. There is a lot of nitrates in the water. My tap water ph is 8.2 GH is 11 and KH is 6.
I used to use the API tap water filter years ago and set my parameters from the get go. It worked and I am going back to this. The 55 gallon is coming down and I am going small planted tank only.
Would a sudden transfer of bacteria laden materia from one water parameter tank result in the bacteria dying, thus thwarting my effort for a quick biological start up, due to the different water parameters to a tank with much different water parameters?
The 55 gallon where the bacteria is coming from has water paramters very similar to my tap water reading shown above.
Good to see you all again. I remember many names still. I should be around more often. I disappeared but did not die. lol