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Would it be crazy to cycle with water from classroom tank? (Cycling New 14 Gal)
Old 12-30-2010, 07:16 AM   #11
 
I'm trying to figure out what the best thing is to do in this scenario.... The last thing I want is to be cruel... the reason I returned the other fish was because I knew it would be cruel to keep them in a tank where they would clearly be too large... Would cycling the tank with only some of the gravel work as well? I guess I could transport the whole small tank home and run it alongside the larger one for a few weeks... Should I then move the Diamond tetra over to the cycled 2.5 gal tank while the 14 gal cycles? I thought it would be better to keep the two of them in the 14gal while it cycled than to try to keep them both 'happy' in a 2.5 gal. I thought this would be a way to keep the diamond tetra rather than returning all the fish... my daughters are already devastated that two of their fish died and that we had to return two others... my fault, I know... but I thought I was at least trying to do the right thing at this point...
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:13 AM   #12
 
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Exposing fish to high levels of ammonia and/or nitrite is not good for the fish. If you stick a whole heap of fish in an uncycled tank and wait, that's what you'd be doing. But if you put a few fish in a tank, monitor the levels and change the water frequently so that the fish are not exposed to high levels, then that is a very different thing.

Although I constantly read about doing a fishless cycle, here you cannot buy the type of ammonia needed. I rang several aquarium shops and none of them did fishless cycling. They told me that they just seeded their tanks and away they went with fish in.

You have the advantage of having filter material from one tank with one fish. You are only initially building your new filter up to deal with one more fish. If you use your existing filter as well it should take care of any ammonia. Your 2 fish will not be exposed to high levels of ammonia - I doubt you'll even see a reading. If you add a fish at a time, with a couple of weeks in between, you shouldn't even see a spike. Your filter will adjust gradually to the increase in stock.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:47 PM   #13
 
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New 20 gallon a lil cludy???

I just bought a used 20 gl from some ladie it was setup for a year and sat with no water for 2 months i just set it up tuesday all the readings are good the ammonia is 0ppm the ph is 7.4 the nitrite is 0ppm so is the nitrate and the water just got a lil cloudy today should i add api clear or just let it cycle?????
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:01 PM   #14
 
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james7139, i completely agree. I'm not supporting the idea, but i'm just getting the concept out. although i have done it with my WCMM, i did feel guilty about using them as so. It's preference, as i was in a rush to cycle my tank and have fish.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:06 PM   #15
 
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Jessibel, yes you can take some of the gravel from the other cycled tank and put it in some panty hose and float it in the new tank to get the bacteria colony going. Or you could run the filter of the other tank (if there one) in your new one, and vice versa. and jbonez, let it cycle. don't add the api clear just yet. pl
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:10 PM   #16
 
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Thanks bro how long until it clears u think?
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:13 PM   #17
 
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If you have activated carbon in your filter, it should clear up within a couple days. Cloudiness is usual for newly setup tanks. Mine first tank stayed cloudy for atleast a week. And wondering, are there fish in your tank? Since the tank's been dry for 2 months, the bacteria colony is gone if the "old lady" cycled it herself before.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:15 PM   #18
 
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Oh and please start your own thread. i don't wanna sidetrack Jessibel's thread. Sorry!
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:17 PM   #19
 
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Theres no fish, i bought a api master test kit and all reading are good
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:19 PM   #20
 
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IM SOOOOOOO SORRY IM NEW HERE
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