02-21-2008, 01:29 PM
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I will answer the last question first. It's funny how we know better than to do something by experience, but figure, "Well, it will be different this time" and it isn't. We need to think with our heads and tell our hearts to shutup. I have done the same thing many, many times. So, you are not alone in making this mistake. And the answer is......... segregate the fish. When the new tank is set up there will enough room that all should be well.
The second question is a little more complicated. By using "seeded" equipment, that is, by using equipment that has been used on older tanks, you do not "cycle" the new tank. What you will do is shorten the time it takes to the bio-bed to establish itself. You are essentially introducing established bacteria for seeding purposes, The bio-bed still must multiply and get established. How much quicker is it? I wish I had a crystal ball or some magical formula to tell you. Tanks can take up to 12 weeks or more to cycle. You shouldn't have that long, but it's possible.