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Grits 02-15-2008 04:07 PM

Shortening cycle time
I've got a 10 gallon setup that was given to me. So, might as well go for it. One more never hurts right? ;)

Anyway, I'm going to use all gravel out of a well established tank. I will also use a couple of small plants that have been in the established tank. The only thing new/clean is the powerfilter and bio bag.

I'm wondering how long it should take this way before I can add the fish?
And Should I use water from the established tank as well, or will the water not have bacteria in it?


herefishy 02-15-2008 04:31 PM

I have set up smaller tanks using "seasoned" gravel and water from other tanks that I got from water changes. You should be set to go. But, I would also tread lightly at first. Do not immediately stock your tank to its capacity. If you are to err, it is better to err on the side of conservatism. The tank should be 100% in about a week to 10 days.

Grits 02-16-2008 01:23 PM


Concerning stocking. I have a red-tail shark and a rainbow shark in my 75 gal. They have been fine until now but there are starting to fight pretty badly.
I hate to take one back to the store, because there is no telling where it will end up. Not the greatest of expectations at my LFS.

I know a 10 gallon is to small for a rainbow shark but I was thinking about putting him in there with a few cherry barbs. Would he probably bother the barbs? Or should they get a long? How many cherry barbs would be ok for a 10 gallon?


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