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post #11 of 15 Old 07-13-2008, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I think I'm going to do a fishless cycle. The thing with the gravel is that I'm not buying new gravel for the new tank, I'm just moving it from the 29g to the new one so that I can put sand in the 29g. I just don't know when I should do this.. I'm thinking I'll try cycling the empty 20g when my filter is fixed, then when it's done I'll move all the gravel and decorations in from the 29, and then the fish. Would there be problems if I cycled an empty tank, and then moved seeded gravel and decorations into it after? Sorry if this is confusing :(
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-13-2008, 03:59 PM
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yeah you can do that. :)
then when the cycle is done and you do a final water change
add the gravel then.
i hope i have that right. :)
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-14-2008, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, I'll do that then. Thanks a lot for the help :D
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-14-2008, 07:22 AM
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Since bacteria also live in the gravel I'd say bring it over before you cycle so the bacteria in it can help jump start the tank. Without the gravel the only place for the nitrifying bacteria to live will be in the filter and I really think you're better off without all your bacteriological eggs in one basket.

Now if you're in the situation where that would leave your fish in a bare tank I'd still move at least some of the gravel to the cycling tank.

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post #15 of 15 Old 07-14-2008, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that makes sense, I'll bring as much gravel as I can into the new tank.. I think I could probably get away with about an inch and a half, but I'll definitely have to do some rearranging in the tank to get to some of it :)
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