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post #1 of 3 Old 01-21-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Using Someone Elses Media

I have read somewhere that when starting a new freshwater aquarium it is best to use existing media from someone else's tank. Is this the best way of getting started, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-21-2011, 06:05 PM
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Yes, it is a good way of getting started. You need to establish bacteria in your filter to process the waste produced by the fish (cycle the tank). A new tank doesn't have any bacteria so it has to grow them from scratch. When you put some media from an established tank into the new tank, you are introducing the bacteria that need to colonize the tank. (You'll need some fish in there too, to produce ammonia.)

An advantage is that cycling the tank will be quicker.

A disadvantage would be if there was disease in the tank you take the media from, but if it is a healthy well-maintained tank this shouldn't be a problem.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-22-2011, 02:47 PM
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One other thing to think about.... If you are using someone elses media...... Be sure you keep it in water while you are bringing it home and don't wait too long before getting it setup in the tank with some kind of bioload, or all the good bacteria will die.
I have done this with a couple of my tanks, and it realy helps getting things going. When I set up my 20 gal I used one complete filter from my 55, 15 gal of water from the same tank and one of the decorations as well. I basicly cloned that tank and did not have to wait for it to cycle.... it was ready for fish right away.
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