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Assault0137 09-15-2013 07:59 AM

4 Gallon Fluval View
 
I went to a petsmart for an adoption even(volunteer) and ended up buying a fish tank. yeah, i know, but it was an insane deal. 19 dollars, with tax, for a 75 dollar fish tank. apparently they had a sale(50%), and then someone decided to put it on clearance(another 50%), so i couldnt pass up the deal.
i already own a mature 36 gallon fish tank(need to update its profile) and it is going fine... could i use its filter media to cycle the tank, in addition to the bottle of Nutrafin Cycle that came with the tank? i dont really know how this works, or how long i have to wait(the bottle says just three doses and its fish ready... never trust the label.). any help would be appreciated, whether for the cycle or tips on everything else. ill post some pics when its got the water and gravel in, maybe even turn this thread into a journal for the tank.

marshallsea 09-15-2013 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Assault0137 (Post 3015241)
I went to a petsmart for an adoption even(volunteer) and ended up buying a fish tank. yeah, i know, but it was an insane deal. 19 dollars, with tax, for a 75 dollar fish tank. apparently they had a sale(50%), and then someone decided to put it on clearance(another 50%), so i couldnt pass up the deal.
i already own a mature 36 gallon fish tank(need to update its profile) and it is going fine... could i use its filter media to cycle the tank, in addition to the bottle of Nutrafin Cycle that came with the tank? i dont really know how this works, or how long i have to wait(the bottle says just three doses and its fish ready... never trust the label.). any help would be appreciated, whether for the cycle or tips on everything else. ill post some pics when its got the water and gravel in, maybe even turn this thread into a journal for the tank.

Yes the filter media will help jump start the cycle. Set up your new tank with substrate, decorations and maybe live plants, conditioned water, filter media and stock lightly. Not sure about cycle in a bottle. With media and light stock you won't need it. Maybe add a decoration from your old tank as it will have beneficial bacteria on it also.

KPainter 09-15-2013 09:03 AM

How are you going to stock it? Any ideas yet?

Boredomb 09-15-2013 09:58 AM

If you are going to do a fish less cycle you are going to need some form of ammonia to feed the bacteria you will be adding from the mature filter media and the bacteria in a bottle. If you plan to just add those items and then stock it I would add very few fish from the beginning and monitor the water. Not much that you can put into a 4 gallon tank other then a Betta or maybe some shrimp.

Assault0137 09-15-2013 05:00 PM

I have put one of my goldfish into the tank so it can poop to its hearts content, and then I will remove it in a day. I put the beneficial bacteria into the water(nutrafin in-the-bottle stuff) and it says only to do three doses, one a day, and then it's fish ready. I will do the three, then wait a couple days after that, then introduce some ghost shrimp and a female Betta. Ghost shrimp first, so the betta doesn't think it's her tank.
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Assault0137 09-15-2013 05:02 PM

Oh yeah, I put in a rock from my pond that is covered in algae, so hopefully it has some good bacteria on it.
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Assault0137 09-15-2013 05:34 PM

Heh, have an update. My brother dared me I couldn't do 30 pushuPs with my feet up on the couch, and I did it. He now owes me a female Betta from petsmart :)
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Assault0137 09-16-2013 07:33 AM

The goldfish i out of the tank, and back in the pond where he belongs. his new name is Ammonia :)
in three to four days i should have pictures of the betta and shrimp in the tank.... in the meantime, ill upload some pics of the empty tank.

pennyls9332 09-16-2013 12:22 PM

it sounds like a fun little project

Assault0137 09-16-2013 08:54 PM

The water is turning milky... It wasn't milky before I took the goldfish out... Is the milky stuff ammonia or nitrites or nitrates? No fish in the tank right now, not until this weekend. That's my deadline, kinda, or else I have to wait till the next weekend. The only timei have time to go to petsmart is the adoption events. Right before It turned milky I put alot of fish food pellets into the filter compartment, for the bacteria to eat... Was that what did it?
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