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Kim 11-14-2008 07:57 PM

Is this enough bacteria for new tank?
Do you think that if I put an old filter sponge in a new filter for a new 10 gal tank that there would be enough bacteria to sustain 1 or 2 betta fish (divided of course)? The number depends on the health of the fish and if I need to medicate or not.

SolaceTiger 11-14-2008 08:05 PM

That's what I did to help seed my new filter in my 30 gallon that's cycling... can't hurt can it?

Kim 11-15-2008 07:53 AM

No it can't hurt. I was just wondering if it would be substantial enough to not have to do a fishless cycle as well. I have done fishless cycles on two tanks so far and I always use seed material. It's just that I don't know if I could just say, put the filter sponge (I may even have 2) in and immediately add fish. Bettas have a pretty light bioload, and if I only had one or two in a 10 gallon that would not add up to a lot of ammonia....

Of course I don't want to cut corners that could be detrimental to the health of my fish, hence the reason that I'm asking. :)

Little-Fizz 11-15-2008 10:29 AM

I think you would be alright. I imagine thats where most of the bacteria builds up. If the bio load in the other tank was way heavier then it should be able to sustain a betta or two. Just keep a close eye on the water parameters and do water changes as needed.

Kim 11-15-2008 01:59 PM

Yeah, that is what I was thinking. And anyway, I will probably only get one to start because I have a habit of picking the half-dead ones and bringing them back to life. Then I could just quarantine the other one later and add him/her to the other half of the tank.

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