Okay guys, it's QUESTION TIME!!!
Just wanting to get some opinions on this. . .
This tank was set up with an insane amount of established media, so I'm thinking that this is probably a moot point, but y'all know how cautious I am when it comes to my babies - especially since the critters in this tank are so sensitive to flux in parameters. . . Rams, Kuhli's, and wild-caught Dwarf Tetra. . .
I started with the 2 HOB filters and ALL
of the media from BOTH
tanks that these fish came from originally (minus a few plants). I set up the new canister filter using media from ONE of those HOB filters, so now am down to one. I think I'll leave the 'extra' HOB on the tank for a week *maybe* two just to make sure that the new canister is well on it's way to having a thriving bacterial colony - but I'm SO ready to be DONE with HOBs on this tank, and I really could put it to use on the Molly tank. How long do you guys think I should leave it alone and let things settle before moving it?
On the one hand, I really think that there is enough bacteria IN the tank already, not to mention the fact that the floating and stem plants should be easily able to handle any cycle flux that could possibly occur. . . but on the other - I'd rater err on the side of caution. I'd be truly devastated to cause any of my babies harm! I think I'm going to give things one more week (two full weeks from setup) before I get rid of the 2nd HOB. . .