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robedadam 09-25-2012 03:25 PM

New Tank, Used Filter
 
I have recently bought my 200l tank and bought a used fluval 305 with media. The filter was used in a tropical tank previously.

I filled the tank with water yesterday and started the filter up.

I have new media for the filter but wanted to run it with the current media to assist with bacteria and cycling.

My question is, should I, at some point during cycling replace all of the media in the filter? I have no idea (trying to find out) how long the current media has been used for.

Also, was hoping to add live plants to the aquarium, is there a good point during cycling yo do this?

Thanks

Hanky 09-25-2012 06:19 PM

how long has the used media been out of a running tank? If the media has dried out or has not gotten an ammonia source like fish waste to feed the bacteria then it is dead media anyway. If it came right out of a running tank then you should be ok, in that case you would add new media to filter and put used media in the tank, just hang it over the side or weigh it down to bottom. the bacteria will find its way to new filter.

marshallsea 09-25-2012 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robedadam (Post 1256406)
I have recently bought my 200l tank and bought a used fluval 305 with media. The filter was used in a tropical tank previously.

I filled the tank with water yesterday and started the filter up.

I have new media for the filter but wanted to run it with the current media to assist with bacteria and cycling.

My question is, should I, at some point during cycling replace all of the media in the filter? I have no idea (trying to find out) how long the current media has been used for.

Also, was hoping to add live plants to the aquarium, is there a good point during cycling yo do this?

Thanks

Add plants ASAP.

robedadam 09-26-2012 01:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hanky (Post 1256551)
how long has the used media been out of a running tank? If the media has dried out or has not gotten an ammonia source like fish waste to feed the bacteria then it is dead media anyway. If it came right out of a running tank then you should be ok, in that case you would add new media to filter and put used media in the tank, just hang it over the side or weigh it down to bottom. the bacteria will find its way to new filter.

Thanks hanky, I believe it came out of a running tank, it was still wet when it arrived lol! Good idea, will put my new media in later and weigh down the old media in the tank, thanks.

robedadam 09-26-2012 07:09 AM

was thinking of throwing in a water change at some point also?

Hanky 09-26-2012 10:51 AM

you could also add a small piece of the old media too the new stuff in the filter, as far as a water change goes I would only worry if you have fish in there, just keep an eye on your ammonia levels and keep them down if you have fish, otherwise I would let it go till it cycles.

robedadam 09-26-2012 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hanky (Post 1257069)
you could also add a small piece of the old media too the new stuff in the filter, as far as a water change goes I would only worry if you have fish in there, just keep an eye on your ammonia levels and keep them down if you have fish, otherwise I would let it go till it cycles.

Thanks hanky, no fish at the mo, added a few plants today, but had a bit of a problem with my filter, just done a new post.

Thanks for your help mate


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