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Lisalis 06-06-2010 10:17 AM

Can I start a new tank with water from my established tank?
 
I have a very healthy 30 gal freshwater set up and just inherited a 10 gal. I was wondering if I could use water from my established tank to start the 10 gal and if this will speed up or eliminate the cycling.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

willow 06-06-2010 10:24 AM

hi
to be honest the water will be of no use,the BB is not held
in the water. gravel,plants,media from the filter are your best bet,
you could always place some gravel from one tank into a pair of
pantyhose and lay it on the bottom of the new tank to seed the new stuff
or squeeze your pads from the existing tank into the new one.
hpoe this has helped.

bearwithfish 06-06-2010 10:26 AM

+1 to willoow seed the tank dont use the waste water that only has junk in it

Lisalis 06-06-2010 10:32 AM

Awesome, Thanks for the advice!!! :)

willow 06-06-2010 10:34 AM

you're very welcome :-)
will we get to see the new tank ?
what you putting in there ?

Lisalis 06-06-2010 10:41 AM

Yes definitely! Probably fancy guppies :) I love the colors and I love watching them breed....and boy can they breed!!! LOL

Lisalis 06-06-2010 10:42 AM

I have another question, if I take filter media out of the established tank, how long will it last in lets say a ziplock bag or tupperware container??

willow 06-06-2010 10:45 AM

do you have to travel to get it ?
i guess some hours,but after a day i would say it would all be dead.

Lisalis 06-06-2010 10:47 AM

Thanks for all the advice! :) I will post some pics soon! :)

willow 06-06-2010 10:48 AM

look forward to seeing them.
will you post them on this thread do you think :-D


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