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My fish are having a minor, but prolonged, bout of ich at the moment. I am using the heat method, but cysts are still visible on my neon tetras after (I believe) 4 days. So I am hoping to put my aquarium salt to use. Only problem is that I don't want to expose my RCS or Wisteria to this treatment. Plus, I think they would look so much better in their own tank.
Would it be ok to move them from the 20 gallon long to a 2.5 gallon for themselves? The 2.5 is not cycled, but I made a sponge filter that I want to seed in the 20 gal (Is it ok, or is the ich going to be a problem?). Do they really need to have the tank cycled right away, or could I throw a bunch of plants in there, have an air stone running, and do frequent water changes? This will be permanent housing for most of the shrimp, but temporary for most of the wisteria. I plan on getting moss for the shrimp tank once I find somewhere that does not overprice it like crazy.
So in case you missed the key questions:
1- Can I transfer the RCS and wisteria to an uncycled tank safely if I monitor it profusely?
2- Can I seed a sponge filter for the 2.5 shrimp tank using the 20 long with ich during the heat and salt treatment?
3- Good places to find a good deal on moss? :lol:

Thanks a bunch!
-Liz
 

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How many shrimp would you be transferring?

I think it should be alright, as long as you get a TON of plants in there (do you have floating plants? Those will help a lot). Is it possible you could get any seeded media from the 20 long for the 2.5, like a decoration or something from the filter? I THINK it would be safe, if the shrimp are doing fine with the ich already in there.

I'm not sure about seeding during the salt treatment, I honestly don't know. Sorry :(

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I have 13 young red cherries, and one is berried. I am currently running the sponge filter in the 20 gallon, so I am hoping it will seed by this weekend. Then I will transfer it over to the shrimp tank.
I have about a handful of java moss (Finally found a local LFS that sold it) and lots of wisteria. I also have little pots in the shrimp tank to plant some wisteria and the rest will float. Would this be enough to keep the shrimp alive until I put the filter into their tank a couple days after? How often would I need to change the water and feed them?
 

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Honestly I would add the filter, plants and shrimp the same day. I have some Rilli shrimp in a 2.5 gal tank, and I do about a 50% wc per week. You can also do a couple smaller ones if you prefer. Testing the water with liquid test kits is also important, and a way you can gauge how often you should do water changes.I recommend API test kits, or an API master test kit.
 

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I would suggest to..... Throw the bunch of plants in there and provide good lighting :) ignore any algae, it will only help with the water parameters. It would also help to use tank water from the 20g so the berried female wont readily drop her eggs^_^
You should be fine! good luck catching the shrimps!

A good place to get moss will be right here :) sometimes we have members who are getting rid of a good old chuck at a time :D
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Fingers crossed then! ^-^ I will move them over on Friday. That way I can keep an eye on them without stressing over homework.
 

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Just keep an eye on the parameters every day. Another option and what I do, is use some BB's in a bottle. The only kind I recommend is Dr. Tim's One and Only.And still another option is to put some filter media in a mesh bag into your established tank, and float it in the new tank for a few days to a week. Something like eheim media or aquaclear media would work{some look like macaroni, others look like small stones or kix cereal}
 

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I will look into the filter media thing then! But I think I will take a chance with the sponge filter, as I am trying to save some cash for more plants.
 
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