07-15-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
Rinse the filter media from the freshwater tank into the new tank, filled with dechlorinated water WITHOUT the salt.
Feed the tank with fish food for a week (To colonise the filter, you need an ammonia source).
Then add 1/2 tsp of salt per gallon, with at least 8 hours between each dose. (While still feeding with fish food.)
When the salinity reaches the ideal level, do a water change and voila.
My thinking is that dosing salt to treat ich won't kill the bacteria as long as you do it gradually. I don't see a problem with cycling a tank that way.
I did all of that but still have this ridiculous nitrite spike. As soon as I do a massive water change, it starts to creep back up. Im thinking the media from the mature tank (55gallon) was perhaps too much? Noo, theres no such thing as too much good bacteria. I dont know. Im scratching my head. On one hand I know I need to keep the water changes up for the health of the BBGs but on the other hand, the more water changes the longer it wil take to cycle the tank again.....
ps I dont have ick. I am trying to stabilize a brackish tank
Last edited by brackish1; 07-15-2011 at 03:17 PM..