Originally Posted by Big Fish
Thank you. Hello to you as well. Nice to be here.
I read the FAQ. So, I am shooting blind without the kit.
I would think that with the bacteria culture I have introduced, the new tank, the new filters running 24 hours and the proper chemicals for chlorine, it should be safer for them than the 2G bowl?
My rush to move them from the 2G bowl is that I feel that is the worst place for them.
Yes, you are absolutely correct in your thinking. You have two things in your favour, the plants and the biological supplement. The latter adds bacteria [I'm not directly familiar with this particular product, but I understand that it works like others such as Cycle and Stress Zyme] and the bacteria will multiply as they consume the ammonia produced by the fish and the nitrite produced by the first set of bacteria. It takes 9-18 hours for the two bacteria to double [nitrosomonas bacteria convert ammonia and ammonium to nitrite and can multiply every 9 hours, and nitrospira/nitrobacter bacteria convert nitrite to nitrate and can multiply somewhere up to 18 hours] and this they will both do as long as there is food to warrant it.
The benefit of plants is that they immediately absorb ammonia and nitrite, and internally convert it to ammonium which they need for photosynthesis. In a relatively heavily-planted aquarium, more ammonia and nitrite are actually consumed by the plants than by all the bacteria [according to Diana Walstad who cycles her new tanks in one day simply by using plants]. I do the same, although I also add Stability [and previously have used Cycle] as an added precaution since it can do no harm. Cabomba is a fast growing plant (moreso that say rooted plants like swords and crypts) and therefore requires more of the food so that's another plus. Make sure the tank light is on for an adquate period or photosynthesis cannot occur.
You can and should (once you have a test kit) check ammonia and nitrite periodically; if either level rises a partial water change will help. But from what you have indicated, I wouldn't expect to see ammonia or nitrite above 0.
P.S., I'm probably reading more into your comment about filters running 24 hours, but just to be safe, the filter must remain running permanently. The bacteria that will colonize it need oxygen from water passing through, or they will die off. Of course, there will be far more bacteria living in the tank (on plant leaves, tank walls, substrate, wood...) than in the filter, but nevertheless it pays to keep it running, and for other reasons as well.