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RexMundi 12-14-2013 02:01 AM

Using Other People's Aquarium Water

I'm just about ready to start filling my new 29g tank. Once the water is ready for fish and plants, is it a good idea to use a pint of someone else's aquarium water to get the bacteria cycle kick-started?

I've heard of using other people's gravel, but shouldn't the water be just as good?


RainbowhLizzie 12-14-2013 02:11 AM

I don't think the water holds any bacteria in it. It has to have surface area, I believe

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rsskylight04 12-14-2013 02:32 AM

Yes . The types of bacteria we are looking for can only colonize solid surfaces like gravel, glass, and filterpads. For a great kickstart use an old filterpad from a mature tank and gravel or rocks as well. Good luck .

RexMundi 12-14-2013 01:18 PM

Thanks for the info. That's the kind of advice new guys like me just can't find easily on the Internet.

rsskylight04 12-14-2013 03:12 PM

Good info truly is hard to find. I've learned so much scince joining this forum. All the internet in the world i s no substitute for talking to real people.

Good luch to you and your fish.

Hallyx 12-16-2013 11:04 AM

One potential problem with using "seeded" media is knowing and trusting the health of the donor tank. Some keepers won't even seed from their own tanks, but rely on bottled bacteria like: Tetra Safestart, API Quickstart, ATM Colony, Microbe-Lift NiteOut II and Dr Tim's One-and-Only (arguably the best and most expensive). Even Seachem Stability works somewhat.

Or, because nitrifying bacteria are in the atmosphere, you can wait until it literally falls out of the sky into your tank. That's the cheapest but longest method.

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