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Enzo 05-07-2007 07:11 PM

cycle speeding up Q:
im about to vaccum out the fish preasents from my 33g frsh water tank should i add some to my cycle in progress tank and if i should, should i use the dirt bottom gravel water or the non crap filled water?

daisycutter 05-08-2007 02:18 AM

bactiria that are key to cycling exist on the solid surfaces not in suspension sand,gravel, rocks,plants, filter foams..... cleaning any of these in tank water to remove any bits and adding to a new setup will help the cycling process begin faster

Falina 05-08-2007 07:27 AM

Yip! Ideally you would run your new filter in an established tank for a week or 2, then use it in the new one but this isn't always possible so take the media form your older filter and "squeeze" it into your new tank and that will transfer a decent amount of bacteria into it and speed up the cycle a bit.

Good luck! :)

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