09-14-2013, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
Yes, moving the filter over to the other tank will create a deficit in the donor tank. That deficit will be taken up though, as tolak mentioned. Ideally you would move over enough media to get the new tank started with one group of fish, like boredom mentioned, while only minimally impacting the donor tank, such that a couple days of Dosing with water conditioner will take care of it. That time it takes to make up the difference is called the lag time.
Your purpose for running two filters has no impact on the distribution of bacteria in the tank.
A couple days? So maybe just do an extra water change during the week? I do 75% water changes weekly anyways, I could just do another one.