Hi everyone! I need help, i thought I knew what i was doing, but now im a little scared so now i want to run it by everyone.
I have a 1 gallon fry tank, i know too small. I have more than 40 baby fry, so i bought a 5 gallon tank. I do constant water changes because it does NOT have a filter, so now the 5 gallon tank has a filter.
Alright so i was planning on just putting the gravel, the bubble wand and some water from the little tank into the new 5 gallon tank. And then i would just take some water from my well-established 20 gallon tank and then move all the fry at once into the new tank, then i listened to my plan as I told one of my friends, and started to feel unsure that this was going to work out. So now the question, can i do my plan, or should i cycle the tank and all that and introduce the fish gradually or any other ideas?
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I am guessing that the 1gal tank is not cycled. Adding gavel from an uncycled tank will not help feed the new cycle.
Is the 20 gal cycled? If so, I would add the gravel from that tank. The water itself does not contain the bacteria you need to cycle a tank, so just adding the water will not help.
Can you somehow fit the cycled media from the 20 gal into the filter of the 5 gal? That would help a great deal.
I would not wait to move all of the fish from the 1 gal into the 5 gal. The extra volume of water will help keep the ammonia and nitrite from spiking as quickly.
Still do your water changes and test the 5 gal daily, to make sure the "seeding" of the new tank is working.
Well the 20 gallon tank has fish in it. And yes both tanks are cycled, the fry have been living there for about 6 weeks. So........
Just remove a couple hand fulls of the gravel out of the 20 gal, to put in the 5 gal.
Cut out a section of the filter media from the 20, to place in the new filter. You can place some of the gravel in the filter as well.
That should work. I was not trying to suggest a tear down of the 20 gal.
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