I recently bought a USED 60 gallon tank with used filter (with full bacterial colony in it), and the substrate, and all ornaments I was going to use in the tank, I cycled for 2 weeks prior to getting the tank.
To cycle the substrate (sand) and ornaments, I put them in a cooler, with dirty water from my current set up - a 30 gallon tank - with a bubbler and i put "cycle" in there every week.
When I transfered the ornaments and sand into the 60 gallon tank, which already had some bacterial colony in it, i filler the tank half way and let it sit for 2 days.
Then I filled the tank to the top and I add a bit of the 30 gallon aquarium to the 60 gallon and the 60 gallon water to the 30 gallon to get the fish used to the water and the 60 gallon with some of the 30 gallon water.
I have been doing this for 2 weeks.
So the sand has been cycling for a month, and the tank has been set up for 2 weeks.
My question is, my fluval filter has been inactive (but full of water) because a part broke 2 days after I bought it. I am waiting on the part to come in, which will be tuesday.
I have an aqua clear 50 on my 30 gallon now and a whisper 15.
I was wondering, would I be able to move the fish to the larger aquarium this weekend (probably Sunday) if the fluval 404 filter wont be set up until Tuesday.
There will be an aquaclear 50 and whisper 15 filtering the tank (one on each side) for the 3 days... Would that be okay for the fish?
Please contact ASAP with any information or advice!
The tank will have ...
2x bala sharks (I am fully aware of their full grown size. I am willing to accommodate them as they grow, I love how they look and the way they act. when they reach too large for my accommodations, either present or future - larger tank or tank just for them - then I will consider options, but I am fully willing to grow with them. THey are currently 4.5" and 5")
2x skirted tetras
1x sunburst platy (getting 2 friends)
1x tiger barb (getting 5 friends, the one I have is a female and not very aggressive)
2x dwarf gouramis
1x paradise fish
1x rubberlip pleco (about 2.5") - will be getting 1 more, maybe 2 more
(Not all fish have been in the 30 gallon. I had a 10 gallon set up until last week - the water had a huge ammonia spike.. got to trust small tanks