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cyberfox2200 03-04-2011 05:33 PM

seeding a new tank with established tank stuff
have a new 75 gal tank and an established 30 gal tank in process of cycling the new tank before moving the fish to there new home.old tank has a fluval 205 new tank has a fluval 405 i took some gravel from the 30 gal tank and put it in one of the baskets in the 405 then i took 2 of the 4 sponges from the 205 and cut them into peices and place it on top of the bio max in the 405 then i took half the biomax from the 205ad added it to the 405 so i assume im seeding this new filter well. as for the 75 gal tank the water temp is set at 85 cause i heard bacteria grow faster at warmer temps and i have added ammonia to the water to get the ppm to 4 or 5 the ammonia is pure no surfacants or perfume or scent no bubbles when shook its been a week now and the ammonia is still the samelevel as day one any ideas???

Calmwaters 03-04-2011 06:23 PM

Are you adding food or anything for the bacteria from the established tank media to eat? If not they will die instead of multiply.

cyberfox2200 03-05-2011 06:40 AM

not adding food im adding ammonia to keep the bacteria feed keeping it at 4ppm

lipadj46 03-05-2011 07:11 AM

What are your nitrite and nitrate readings? 4ppm ammonia may be a bit too much for the transferred bb colony you may want to drop it to 1-2ppm and try to use tetra safe start. You wont know where you are in the cycle until you test nitrites and nitrates.

cyberfox2200 03-05-2011 03:07 PM

nitrite 0 nitrate 0 the ammonia is showng signs of being consumed because it has dropped to 1 ppm from 4 so i addded a little more ammonia to get it to 2ppm will test nitrite in a couple days thanks for help

cyberfox2200 03-07-2011 10:02 AM

well today i got my first nitrite reading so i added more ammonia to bring it back to 2ppm and we will wait on the notrite spike now. man its only been 7 days i like the fishless method its saves fish the stress and i get to use my brain.

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